On Friday, August 19, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosted its final Midnight Basketball event of the summer season. The highlight of the evening was a 5-on-5 tournament with double elimination, and 73 teens converged on the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center to enjoy the fun. “The teens configured their own teams and named them,” said Whitney Clapp, youth programs assistant. “They were so excited and happy to be there. Their attitude and smiles said it all.”
This year’s tournament teams were The Commod Squad, Team Pippen, Nike Elite and the Hyperizers. The Hyperizers — Seven Annis, Tristan Pretty Weasel, Jeffrie Shaving, Nate Widow and Tate Widow — won the tournament, with Team Pippen in second place and Nike Elite in third. The first-place winners received sports sweatshirts purchased by CRYP, while the second-place team members took home Taco John’s gift cards, courtesy of the local Taco John’s franchise at the Eagle Stop.