This month, the Cheyenne River Youth Project® in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, commemorated a very special milestone. It concluded Midnight Basketball’s 20th anniversary summer season at the Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center.
According to Tammy Eagle Hunter, CRYP’s youth programs director, Midnight Basketball attracted between 50 and 100 teens each weekend. They came from communities across the Cheyenne River reservation to play ball, participate in a variety of games—including Around the World, Knockout and 3-Point Contest—and to compete in 5-on-5 tournaments.
For many of these teens, the Midnight Basketball program is about more than simply finding a positive, safe space to connect with friends on a Friday night.