“The League has a great purpose,” says ICE League Ross Center Boys’ Coach Darrick Lee, who has coached as a part of the League since its inception five years ago. Lee also coaches for Muncie Central’s freshmen boys’ basketball team and has the unique perspective of seeing the impact the ICE League, designed for middle school students, has on student athletes when they advance to high school. “I see a lot of success at the high school level because of the ICE League,” Lee says. “There’s a stronger focus on grades and quality of play.” Student athletes’ participation in the ICE League puts students in a position to be successful both in the classroom and on the court, Lee says. “It’s instilled early in the ICE League,” he adds. Other benefits of the League for the Muncie coach include getting the opportunity to meet Burris families. Both Muncie Community Schools and Burris Laboratory School participate in the academic-based League. “I’m thankful for this great experience and have loved every minute of it,” Lee says.