Vikki Howard via Crowdrise
May 26, 2015
BENEFITING: SALISH KOOTENAI COLLEGE INC
On behalf of American Indian youth, Salish Kootenai College and Stanford Basketball are partnering to stage the 2015 The Hoop Coaches and Youth Clinic to be held on May 15-17, 2015 in Pablo, MT. The intent of this clinic is to bring an elite team of basketball coaches to the heart of Montana where basketball reigns. Our mission is illuminate the connection between positive early experiences in basketball along with relationships made between coaches and youth. Even though American Indians have a passion for basketball, the remoteness of many reservations and communities with Native American youth limit availability to high quality basketball clinics. Priorities for the Clinic are:
1) To promote an ethic of positive coaching philosophy and practices
2) Teach best basketball practices in skills and strategy (offense/defense) coaching
3) Make access to clinic geographically and financial possible
4) Build a permanent coalition to increase possibilities for AI youth
American Indian children, both those living on and off reservations are at the highest risk of all communities in our nation. From birth, the path of AI children is a particularly difficult journey, laid with obstacles that make children vulnerable to harm. A coach can make a difference. Old school coaches tend to engage youth in a way that may further diminish self-efficacy. On the other hand, player-coach relationships that are built on trust, mentorship and encouragement have the power to help children overcome challenges. Furthermore, when those connections also provide a bridge between culture and sport, the odds of success are raised even higher. There is no population that needs positive coaching more than AI youth.
Tara VanDerveer committed long ago to Hoops Coaching as the Clinic’s champion and offers her considerable basketball knowledge and talent, uncompromising ethical voice, generous spirit and public figure notoriety to make the Clinic a success. As co-sponsors, Tara VanDerveer and the Positive Coaching Clinic Steering Committee ask for your help.
The HOOP is a nonprofit event: Donations are made to this event through Salish Kootenai College, a 501c(3) organations, and are tax deductable. Contributors will receive a tax donation letter.