Wendell Nezzie is a valuable member of the Cheyenne River Youth Project’s youth programming staff. He also is a CRYP alumnus.
Wendell grew up in a small community called Wicagakapi Sa, or Red Scaffold, in the western part of South Dakota’s remote Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. He became a regular at CRYP’s Cokata Wiconi (Center of Life) teen center as a high school freshman.
“It was the only place I could go to play basketball with my friends,” he says. “It was such a great place, such a safe environment to be in. I participated in the wellness program and open gym, I came to Midnight Basketball, and I worked with youth in the summertime. I decided I wanted to join the staff when I saw all the great things they were doing for the kids and the community.”