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Volume 4  February 2012 



MARCH 21-25, 2012

For the second year, countless number of Native American family, friends, and avid basketball fans will gather in Durant, Oklahoma to witness a showcase of hardwood skill and aerial talent of over 600 Native American student/athletes during the 9th Annual Madness In March All-Indian High School Basketball Tournament on March 21-25, 2012. Highlighting this year’s event is NBA legend Darryl Dawkins and former NFL linebacker Kenyatta Wright. Both have made commitments to participate in the inaugural coaches/celebrity basketball game.

“Teams travel from as far as Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to Salt River Pima, Arizona, to Choctaw, Mississippi, to Sioux City, Iowa and all the way from Okeechobee, Florida to stake claim to being the best Native American High School team in the nation,” said Victor Bear, 4LOTG vice-chairman. “With the talent level and competition increasing yearly, teams are traveling to Oklahoma to test the strength of their programs within their respected states, vying for the right to be crowned as the tribe with the best basketball talent.”

The Choctaw Nation has once again extended their hospitality by hosting this year’s event. “On behalf of Chief Greg Pyle, Assistant Chief Gary Baton and the Great Choctaw Nation, we welcome the teams and look forward to hosting the 4 Love of the Game high school basketball tournament here in Durant, land of the Choctaw Nation,” Sue Folsom, Executive Director of Cultural Events for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “I would like to commend the excellent work that the organizers, Dave Pascale and Victor Bear, who have put together a great program to showcase these outstanding native athletes from around the states. This is great tournament you don’t want to miss, come out and support our native athletes.”

This event isn’t all about basketball. The tournament will officially kick off with a College Prep Day. The College Prep Day is geared toward informing student/athletes about financial aid and the rigors of college life. Over 300 students attended last year’s event.
“Our main goal has always been for our kids is to know the importance of a college education,” said Bear. “Receiving a degree and going back to your respected community and making a difference in the life of someone else is the success story we want to hear.”

Following the College Prep Day, all teams will begin pool play on Thursday morning and will end on Friday afternoon. Teams will play three pool games, vying for the top seeds in the single elimination tournament that begins on Saturday morning. All teams will be seeded into the tournament.

“It’s not too often you get this many great athletes from so many different states and tribes coming together to compete in one place and we’re glad we are able to host this event in Choctaw country,” Brad Clay, Youth Events Coordinator, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “It allows us to share our Choctaw culture and facilities with other tribes and also brings revenue to the City of Durant. We hope the tournament continues to get bigger and better each year.”

The highlight of the week, as it is every year, will be the All-Star Jam. The All-Star Jam will feature a coaches/celebrity game, three point contest, slam dunk contest and fan appreciation events. Also, the “Dash 4 Cash” challenge will be held during the night for fans in attendance.

Saturday morning will begin play of the single-elimination tournament, College March Madness style! The winner goes on, the loser goes home and prepares for next year. Sunday morning will bring about the Final Four and Championship games.

“It is always a great tournament with talented Native American athletes from all over the United States,” said Kevin Gwin, Director, Youth Activities, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “If you have not had the opportunity to attend this tournament in the past I suggest you come and watch to see the talent these teams bring to the courrt.

For more information, contact David Pascale at (918) 759-0880 or Victor Bear at (918) 261-2315. You can also send questions and comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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