Ravyn Hoffman, a Senior Point Guard for Dell Rapids High School, sat down and talked about her summer, and lessons learned playing for the Sacred Hoops All Native 17U Basketball team. Her mother, Stacy Hoffman also commented on the program.
Sacred Hoops offered 40 Native American Girls the opportunities to play Summer Basketball. They provided 10 girls at each age level, 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U a chance to be seen by college coaches and to compete against some of the best girls in the Midwest.
Sacred Hoops is hoping to raise enough funds to have not only the All native Girls Program, but to expand to an All Native Boys Program 14U, 15U, 16U, and 17U. Sacred hoops was founded early in 2018 and was the dream of Allan Bertram, Matthew Rama, Eldon Marshall and others to give Native American girls the same opportunity as caucasian girls had. Bertram had told Big SIoux Media back in the Spring, “When we looked at putting a program together we looked at who had the least amount of opportunities to showcase their basketball talent. We understood it was two groups: High School Girls and Native American teens. We combined the two and started the All-native Girls Program.
Coached by Amanda Carlow the 17U girls had 10 girls from Pine Ridge, Todd County, Red Cloud, Sturgis, Hardin, MT, and Ravyn from Dell Rapids.
Watch the video below to see Ravyn and her mom talk about the experience this Summer.