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Darius Sparks

in Bismarck, ND (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)

Mentor Org

Sacred Pipe Resource Center


Bismarck, ND


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Darius' dream is to create camps for disadvantaged Native youth, especially those in foster care, to play basketball and learn life skills.

The camps will teach the participants about coping, goal-setting, relationship-building and perseverance through basketball and the application of Lakota and Dakota values.

Darius has experienced the foster system first hand, and is now a local star athlete, so he is the perfect leader to bring out the potential in the youth.

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Additional Information

Darius's Spark Change Basketball Camps have their own Facebook page! Visit it to keep up to date on the events!

Darius was invited to be a Youth Panelist at the Center for Native American Youth's panel "Generation Indigenous: Elevating Young Native American Leaders." You can see the video of the event here!

Darius was featured in an article on KX News, "Darius Sparks to Give Back to Community in a Big Way"

"Sparks Helping Kids Through Basketball," KFYR-TV 

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