Jai Steadman, a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, and head coach of Westwind Prep Academy of Phoenix, Arizona, conducted the 4th Annual Fred LeRoy free Native Youth Basketball Clinics this June. Over 160 boys and girls ranging in age from four to 18 attended the camps which were held the week of June 17-21 at locations throughout Nebraska including Norfolk, Lincoln, Niobrara, Winnebago, and Omaha. Attendees came from a variety of tribes including Santee, Ponca, Omaha and Winnebago
Steadman’s Fred LeRoy Basketball Camps was the 2013 recipient of NCIA’s Chief Standing Bear’s Organizational Award for demonstrating leadership, importance of education, and dedication to Native youth of Nebraska. Steadman has stated that the basketball camps go far beyond teaching basketball skills and stress a commitment to self improvement and academic achievement.
Future plans for the camps include a boy’s and girl’s 3 on 3 basketball tournament in the spring of 2014 and the addition of clinics at Walthill and Macy, Nebraska on the Omaha Reservation.