Youth and Education news
Volume 4 February 2012
MADNESS IN MARCH
Oklahoma: 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
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:
The tournaments are affordable, well-organized, and family oriented events. Each offers America's Native youth a chance to showcase their talents and abilities
Madness in March is being co-hosted by the Choctaw Nation of
"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
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