Youth and Education news
Volume 4, January 2012
SoCal Inter-Tribal Org Offers Kids Chance to Develop on the
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California: Inter Tribal Sports (ITS) in Temecula held two basketball camps after Christmas at the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Recreation Center gym. The gym features 4 full courts and has been used by the L.A. Lakers for a practice venue.
The ITS camps were for ages Native youth ages 18 years and under. Both camps hosted 150 youth each. Priority was given to teams that will play in the 2012 ITS basketball league. The ITS league features more than 50 coed teams made up of 600 youth from 19 tribes and tribal organizations. The league begins January 14.
ITS will also give young athletes a chance to observe collegiate level basketball games. Group outings to local universities will include campus tours, presentations, and interactions with Native American student groups. Among the planned events are outings to the University of San Diego and San Diego State Aztecs (SDS) basketball. The SDS Aztecs were a 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
ITS has arranged for two 10-and-under teams play on the Aztecs court at half time. Last year, four teams played in front of over 12,000 fans at two different games at the sold-out SDS Viejas Arena.
In 2011, ITS and NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton, took 300 kids to UCLA for campus tours and admissions presentations. They also watched Joe Burton, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, and his Oregon State Beavers take on the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.
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