ELMO — On Friday, August 27, CSKT Tribal Health Department (THD)sponsored a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Elmo. Co-ed divisions of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades participated to play and win prizes.
Seven teams from the Mission Valley arrived for breakfast at 8 a.m. and then competed for the remainder of the afternoon. Many of the players had previously competed in basketball tournaments, while some of the younger players were just starting out. Everyone, regardless of size, experience, or age, played with heart.
The Basketball Tournament Committee focuses on offering extra youth activities throughout the Flathead Reservation. “The tournament was very successful, and we look forward to doing it again next year,” said committee member Lyndsey O’Neil, a THD employee.
Substance Abuse and Misuse Prevention Specialist Cristen Twoteeth, and members of the THD Dental Program, Tribal Tobacco Prevention, Lake County Health and the THD Immunization Van were all present during the kids’ tournament.
The Reason to Live Native program supplied the prizes, which were distributed to all participants. All teams finished from first to seventh place. FZS Ballers took first place, followed by Elite, Native Heat, Imojay, A-Town, We Got Next, and Tapanam.
The players received rewards such as camping gear, fishing poles, and other items. There was also a raffle drawing for everyone who attended the tournament.
The 3-on-3 tournaments were suspended last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is becoming clear how difficult the pandemic has been for children and their families. 3 on 3 tournaments are beneficial to youth because they keep them active and engaged with one another.
The Basketball Tournament Committee intends to hold more 3 on 3 competitions next summer.