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It's not often you see a Hall-of-Famer in Eastern Washington, but a handful of local kids got that treat last week when former Seattle SuperSonics star Gary Payton paid them a visit at Lake Roosevelt High School. Teaming up with Rise Above, an organization dedicated to empowering Native youth to live healthy lives.

While Payton shared his knowledge of the game, his visit was more so about overcoming obstacles and staying out of trouble.

On Saturday, September 19, the Tulalip Youth Center hosted Gary Payton’s youth basketball camp. Targeting basketball players in the 5-12 and 13-18 age range, the camp offered skill development under the supervision of the Seattle SuperSonics Hall of Famer and legend, “The Glove”. Presented in partnership with RISE ABOVE, Elite Youth Camps and the Tulalip Tribes, the basketball camp marked the launch of a new movement to empower and create resilience in future leaders in Indian Country using sports as a modality.

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ERIN RAMSEY (Nez Perce): Blue Mountain College, Pendleton, Oregon Is A Freshman Guard In The NorthWest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Ramsey Is A Freshman Out Of Lapwai, ID Where She Helped The Wildcats Win A State Title. During The Summer Erin and Her Team Won The Native American Basketball Invitational National Championship Held In Phoenix, AZ! Please Enjoy another Great Interview with another Up and coming Native Athlete Playing At The College Level. 

This Is Our Special Interview with Jaci McCormack an Enrolled Member of the Nez Perce Tribe and Founder of RISE ABOVE. She Is Creating a Network of Partnerships with Tribes, Elite Youth Programs and High Profile Professional Athletes to help accomplish the mission of RISE ABOVE. Jaci Says: “We are excited to bring the Star “Sizzle” to Tribal Communities but we are hoping to create more local “heroes” for youth.”