One of the programs Running Strong for American Indian Youth® partners with — Cheyenne River Youth Project ® (CRYP) — will host a basketball tournament fundraiser April 11-12. The funds raised will support CRYP’s youth programming and services.
Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, explained that the event is more than just a fundraiser. “It’s a special occasion for the community to get together, have fun and support the greatest cause that we all share in common — Cheyenne River’s children,” she said, according to a CRYP press release..
Julie Garreau, CRYP’s executive director agreed. “We all love basketball, but this is about more than just basketball… this is a community lifting itself up in support of its children,” she said, according to the press release.
The spring event has a history of drawing a large, intergenerational crowd and fostering community spirit, Eagle Hunter said, according to the press release.
The tournament is open to youth 11- 14 years old, and encourages the participation of boys and girls. In fact, each eight-person team must include at least two girls, according to the CRYP website.
The event will be held at the Cokata Wikoni teen center, a space Running Strong helped to create. It was built to give teens who had outgrown The Main youth center a place to spend their time. In addition to sports programs, the center also offers programs related to art, fashion, literacy and more.
More information can be found in the press release on the CRYP website, or by emailing Eagle Hunter at Tammy.CRYP@gmail.com