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Help Oklahoma Assault prepare underserved high school student athletes to succeed in college and beyond! Change lives as a sponsor!

In January 2010, Dana O'Neil wrote an article about the Haskell Indian School Basketball team. In the article, O'Neil observed that only 5 out of over 5,000 Division 1 Basketball players are Native American. Two of the people that read this article were Braxton Redeagle and Christien Crynes. They saw the need and wanted to make a change. The two former high school teammates discussed the problem and brainstormed solutions. While, discussing, the two realized that across the country, many high school basketball players fail to reach the collegiate level because of a lack of preparation and a lack of exposure. Braxton and Christien decided to create a program that could combat this problem. The program that was created is the Oklahoma Assault Basketball Program.

The goal of the program is to create a summer basketball team that spans a variety of cultures and gives high school basketball players the academic training and basketball exposure necessary for them to be able to attend the college or university of their choice. Oklahoma Assault plans to bring their team to top tournaments throughout the summer, so that the players can improve by playing against top quality competition. They also will take their athletes through a college preparatory program called the College Gameplan, which gives the students SAT/ACT preparation, as well as lessons in professional development, such as interviewing tips and building resumes. OK Assault wants to provide these services to its players for free, something that is extremely uncommon, as college preparation programs and summer basketball are often quite expensive. This means that the program needs funds raised to cover uniforms, tournaments, travel, and college preparation workshops.

We are in the process of working to expand our program to a second team in order to make a bigger impact in Oklahoma. We have also been able to expand by doing workshops in high schools for large groups of student-athletes. In order to complete this expansion and change more lives, we need the backing of corporate and individual sponsors. Can we count on you for help?
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