"AN OUNCE OF SAUCE
COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS."
Recap of Last Summer
This summer we launched our Leadership Academy, a 4-week program that develops leadership skills within middle school-aged Apsáalooke (Crow) Native youth through basketball training and community activism.
Students partook in community action projects, where they used the dedication and teamwork practiced on the court to identify a social issue in their community, research the issue, create a plan of action to address the issue, and carry out their plan as a team. One group of students made a documentary film to help community members understand and deal with depression in their families. Another created a mural related to drug abuse prevention.
Students also had loads of fun through other games and activities. Their "final exam" was a massive obstacle course that included shooting hoops in a pool, busting out some dance moves, and testing their knowledge of basketball skills, concepts related to social change, and school study habits.
Take a moment to view photos from our Leadership Academy
A Leadership Academy student puts his touch on his team's Community Action Project, a mural advocating for solutions that address the root causes of drug addiction in the Crow community.
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We give special thanks to...
Peggy Wellknown Buffalo and Susie Kelly, directors of The Center Pole - our nonprofit on the Crow reservation that makes all of this possible.
The O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation, Adelphi Friends Meeting of Maryland, and many the individual donors who funded our program.
Our amazing Unity Hoops Staff: Boots Bighair, Tom Clement, David Dean, Alison Espinosa-Setchko, and Michaela Kenney.