Pine Ridge's Corey Brown making a GIGANTIC impact for youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation

By Rich Winter

Upon first meeting Pine Ridge junior Corey Brown can be a little intimidating! Priscilla Bad Milk’s boy has a few tats, is muscled up big for a high school kid and he sports a red-tinted Mohawk during games.

But, once you get to see the person Corey Brown, any sense of intimidation melts away as a bright, soft-spoken, intelligent and kind young man who loves his momma puts one at ease immediately.

Corey Brown stats from the Athlete of Character Award:

G.P.A 3.7

Activities involved in: Basketball, Football, Track & Field, Golf, Student Council Junior Class Treasure, National Honor Society, Thorpe to Thorpe Mentoring, Pep Club, Gamers Club.

Working with the youth: Thorpe to Thorpe mentoring program, Volunteered Basketball Camps to help a sick youth, Read to our younger grades, Talks to the elementary students about his love of basketball and how education is important. Tutoring,

Peer Counseling, and always willing to stand up for his fellow classmates, and encourage them to work hard on the court and in the classroom. 3 year Captain of the Thorpe Varsity Basketball Team and 1 year Varsity Football captain

How he volunteers time to better their community:


He took in a fellow classmate/team-mate who didn’t have a good home life and was missing school, he invited him into his home so that he would be able to succeed in the classroom and continue playing basketball. Speaks up against drugs and alcohol. Willing to help out younger generations, encouraging them about their education and how it can help them with a better future, for themselves and our Reservation. Single parent family so always worked in the summers to help his mom pay bills. Took on his own initiative to help a kid with cancer who needed funds so help a basketball camp and all the funds went to the kids medical trips and expenses.

Future dreams is to receive a degree in Sports Management/Coaching and come back and work at Pine Ridge School to continue to give back to the youth and community.