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2014 Salish & Kootenai All-Star basketball information announced

PABLO — Once again, it is that time of the year. Preparations have begun for the Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority to sponsor two high school basketball teams (10 girls and 10 boys) to participate in the AMERIND All West Native American Basketball Classic in Lakewood, CO. This year’s event has been scheduled for March 28 – 30.

It has always been the goal of Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority to allow all eligible high school participants and area coaches an equal opportunity to be a part of this great event. Therefore, we would like to extend an invitation for letters of interest from individuals, with coaching experience, who would like to contribute to this year’s All-star teams.

Please submit your letter of interest to Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority, ATTN: Rhonda Burke, P.O. Box 38, Pablo, MT 59855, no later than 4:30 P.M. on January 24. Letters of interest should include: 1) Contact Information; 2) Coaching Experience; 3) Preferred Team (Boys or Girls); 4) What you can offer the collaborative Program; 5) Description of why you would like to be involved.

College scholarship available
The Mark K. Ulmer Memorial Native American Scholarship Foundation offers a four year $4,000 Scholarship, paid at $1,000 per year, to High School seniors participating in the event.

To be eligible you must: 1) be a High School Senior in 2014; 2) apply for the scholarship by February 1; 3) play in the All West Native American Basketball Classic; 4) be involved in Tribal and Community affairs; 5) keep a required grade point average.

With the deadline fast approaching, High School Seniors, planning on being involved in the event, are encouraged to visit the website at to download an application. The website also offers instructions on how to complete all forms.

Team selection/participation
This year, team selection will be conducted through a two (2) day tryout session to be scheduled at the end of the High School Basketball season. Watch for further details in the next coming weeks.

Art contest
Looking for artwork to be used as the 2014 Salish & Kootenai All-Star Logo. Artwork requirements are: 1) drawing must be on a plain sheet of paper, at least 8 ?” X 11”, no larger than 12” X 12”; 2) no more than 4 colors; 3) visually related to basketball; 4) must contain: Salish and Kootenai All-Stars 2014; and 5) your name, address & phone number clearly printed on the back of artwork.

Bring your original work to the Salish and Kootenai Housing Authority located at 46243 Highway 93 in Pablo, MT or mail it to SKHA ~ ATTN: Rhonda Burke, P.O. Box 38, Pablo, MT, 59855, before February 28 at 4:30 P.M.

For more information on the 2014 AMERIND All West Native American Basketball Classic, Coaching Opportunity, Mark K. Ulmer Scholarship, Team Selection/Participation or the Art Contest, contact Rhonda Burke at (406) 676-4491, ext. 1540.

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