On Friday, August 19, the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, had its final event of their summer season. Seventy-three teenagers came to the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center to take part in a five-on-five, double elimination tournament.
The CRYP was founded in 1988. It's a grassroots, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide the youth of the Cheyenne River Reservation various programs, projects and facilities to keep the community active and healthy.
The teams were the Nike Elite, Team Pippen, the Commod Squad and the Hyperizers. The Hyperizers won the tournament.
"The 1996 brainchild of a former long-term volunteer, Midnight Basketball is one of CRYP’s most successful programs," reported an official CRYP press release. "Held on Friday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center gymnasium, it’s open to youth ages 13 to 18 and includes music and refreshments. Throughout the June-to-August summer season, teens participate in pick-up games as well as organized activities inspired by the NBA All-Star Game, such as a dunk contest, a three-point shootout and a skills challenge. Each season culminates with tournament in mid-August, either 3-on-3 or 5-on-5."
To learn more about the Cheyenne River Youth Project and its programs, and for information about making donations and volunteering, call (605) 964-8200 or or visit www.lakotayouth.org