In a number of youth hockey programs academic performance in the classroom can be easily forgotten supplanted by an imbalance of on ice activities. Historically a large number of hockey players have not been known to embrace schoolwork wholeheartedly.
Canadian players and their parents with visions of playing in the NHL in their heads often looked at school as a necessary evil rather than a opportunity to reach the college level. The Marietta Ice Center (MIC) has taken a different approach them seems to be paying dividends both on the ice and in the classrooms. The MIC’s All Academic Team showcases the students capable of excellence in both arenas.
The MIC program has strived to develop all of our players on the ice and to encourage the balance of their development as student/athletes off the ice. The MIC says” As we strive to work towards the complete development of our players here at the MIC, we want to take this opportunity explain to the new families, and remind our returning families about The All Academic Team for players in our program at the MIC.
Developed in conjunction with the Atlanta Thrashers, this program provides an award and recognition to players who demonstrate the commitment to their academics, which will serve as the most effective form of peer encouragement for teammates and other members of the program”.
The MIC organization believes it is imperative that players are as dedicated to their education as they are to hockey. To reinforce that belief, all students who maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA or better will be eligible for the All Academic Team. Eligibility is determined at each grading period (midterm and end of semester) based on the grades achieved at that point.
All players associated with the MIC All Academic team will receive the following:
1. One complimentary game ticket to a designated Atlanta Thrashers game for the student to be used in conjunction with a discounted ticket to be available for the guest of the
2. All players will have their name listed on the Atlanta Thrashers website.
3. All players will have their name listed on the MIC website.
4. Qualifying players will also be recognized at our year end Banquet.
The program is open to all players from the Squirt level through the midget level. For age groups where a standard grading system isn’t in place (i.e. A, B, C), the highest available mark will be the equivalent to an A, second highest mark will be the equivalent to a B, third highest mark will be the equivalent to a C. Any failing marks will automatically disqualify players from this program. All conduct grades must also be satisfactory.
Continuing to pursue excellence at all levels of development provides the greatest chance of success to children, in hockey, in school and in life. “We will continue to implement programs and concepts that deliver on that mission” said MIC owner David Falkenstein. Congratulations to the All Academic Team:
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