Sealaska to offer summer hoop camps, leadership training

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute will offer basketball camps and leadership training to Native youths in five Southeast communities this summer.

SHI will sponsor Latseen Hoop Camps in Klukwan, Yakutat, Klawock, Hydaburg and Juneau and its fourth annual Latseen Leadership Training in Juneau.

The goal of the hoop camps is to integrate Native languages into a fun activity, said SHI President Rosita Worl. The institute sponsored Tlingit hoop camps last year in Angoon and Juneau and they were so successful, the program was expanded, Worl said.

Each camp will include five days of instruction six hours per day and integrate basketball fundamentals, physical conditioning, Native-language lessons and cultural themes. The goal is to provide services for up to 40 youth participants in each camp.

Latseen Hoop Camp for seventh- to 10th-graders will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates in the following towns: Klukwan, July 7-11; Yakutat, July 7-11; Klawock, July 28-Aug. 2; Hydaburg, July 28-Aug. 2; and Juneau, Aug. 18-22.

Hoop camp for third- to sixth-graders will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 11-15 in Juneau.

Latseen Leadership Training for ninth- to 12th-graders will start Thursday and end July 1 at the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Rosita Worl, SHI president, at 463-4844.

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