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Volume 4  February 2012 

All-Indian High School Basketball Tournament
March 21-25, 2012
Durant, OK

An Image SlideshowOklahoma: The 9th Annual Madness In March Basketball Tournament will be held next month in Durant, OK.  More than 600 Native American student/athletes will play while thousands of family members, friends, and basketball fans pack the arena for a showcase of hardwood skill and aerial talent.

“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.”

This event isn’t all about basketball. The tournament kick offs with a College Prep Day to inform youth 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 College Prep Day, teams will spend two days playing pool games. Winners earn the three top seeds in the single elimination Madness in March tournament. All teams will be seeded into the tournament.

An Image SlideshowSaturday morning begins tournament play in NCAA Basketball March Madness style! The winner goes on, the loser goes home and prepares for next year.

Sunday morning is the Final Four and Championship games.

As it is every year, the week's biggest hightlight is the All-Star Jam. It features a coaches/celebrity game, 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and fan appreciation events. NBA legend Darryl Dawkins and former NFL linebacker Kenyatta Wright. Both will play in the  coaches/celebrity basketball game.

The Madness in March is one of four yearly events hosted by the non-profit, 4 Love of the Game. 4Love was established in 2005 by four Native American men. Their goal is to offer opportunities that combat the rash of suicides, depression, dropouts, and drug/alcohol abuse taking place in Native American communities

4Love of the Game hosts four tournaments on an annual basis for student/athletes ages 5-19:

Madness In March

Diamond Showcase

Maui Invitational

Warriors Showcase Shootout

The tournaments are affordable, well-organized, and family oriented events. Each offers America's Native youth a chance to showcase their talents and abilities

2012's Madness in March is being co-hosted by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

“... We’re glad we are able to host this event in Choctaw country,” said Brad Clay from the 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.”

"It is always a great tournament with talented Native American athletes from all over the United States. 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 court."
Kevin Gwin, Director, Youth Activities, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma


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