'Just Move It' Native Teen Basketball Tournament A Success!
Contributed by: Sonoma County Indian Health Project, Inc.
By: Daniel Garcia, Youth Coordinator<br /><br />At 7:00am on Saturday, April 23rd, 2005 the Healthy Traditions Team were busy loading raffle prizes, materials and supplies into trucks, vans and personal cars to transport them from the clinic to Elsie Allen High School Gymnasium to host our very first "Just Move It" Native Teen Basketball Tournament.</br></br>Eight (8) teams from Oakland, Point Arena, Nor-Cal, Robinson, BBJC Covelo, United Tribes from Ukiah, Wappo Youngbucks and our very own home team, SCIHP Heat, showed up with their game faces on and a determination to take home the championship trophy!<br /><br />The Native Youth Leadership Council and their parents worked rigorously, setting up the Indian Taco Booth where they rolled up their sleeves and made the most delicious Indian Tacos for the estimated 250 people in attendance. Whole wheat dough was used for the fry bread along with extra lean ground beef and fresh vegetables.<br /><br />Cathi Sassin’s Five A Day booth, where she gave out free fruit and water proved to be priceless for all the players! Some teams didn’t get a chance to eat in between games so all they had time for was a healthy snack from the Five A Day healthy snack stand.<br /><br />Thanks to Edie Martin, Linda McGill and all those who labored behind the scenes who solicited raffle prizes from the different businesses and community members, there were no shortage of awesome and unique raffle prizes! Winners were announced after each game so there was never a dull moment.<br /><br />As the day progressed and the basketball teams were separating the men from the boys, Helen Maldonado, PA-C was busy handing out diabetes surveys that were being filled out by the teams and community members in the bleachers. Our results show that some knowledge is out there about this disease but we still have a long way to go in educating and empowering our Native community about preventing the onset of diabetes through moderate exercise and lifestyle change.<br /><br />Out of the eight teams that entered the tournament two emerged to battle for the first place trophy, Nor-Cal vs. Point Arena. Through the blood, sweat & tears and the expert coaching of Hiram Campbell the Nor-Cal team surfaced as the 1st place Champions of the first "Just Move It" Native Teen Basketball Tournament! Point Arena placed 2nd, and Oakland placed 3rd. All in all it was a huge success. Thank you to all the Healthy Traditions Staff, SCIHP staff, NYLC & parents, volunteers, community members and every one else who contributed to the success of this event!! We look forward to next year!