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Kaibab Paiute Tribe hosts Elevate My Game Basketball Camp for 12th year
The Thunder Mountain Elevate My Game Basketball Camp is a 2-1/2 day event held each year during the summer break. While EMG focuses on the fundamentals of basketball, they also believe in the importance of academic excellence and character enrichment. This year there were over 70 participants from Kaibab, PITU in Cedar City and the Shivwitz Reservation.
Thank you to the Tribal programs that contributed: Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Housing, and Diabetes Prevention.
This year’s coaches were Wendy Anae, Viko Noma’aea, Sean Harris, Shalyce Parashonts and Taylor Stanfield.
Head Coach Wendy Anae went to BYU with coaching experience at the collegiate and high school level. From 2006 to 2009 she was the head coach of the women’s basketball team at BYU-Hawaii. She has also been a player and a coach for the Samoa National Womens Basketball Team in 2003 and 2007. At the high school level, she coached at Kahuku High School in Kahuku Hawaii from 2003 to 2005 and at Timpview High School in Provo during the 2005-06 season.
In 2006, she co-founded Elevate My Game, a non-profit organization that helps advance young athletes in the Native American and Polynesian populations.
Viko Noma’aea played high school basketball at Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas. He served a two year LDS Mission in Paris, France, and played basketball on a full ride scholarship at Utah State University.
Sean Harris and Viko were teammates at Utah State for two seasons. Harris played high school basketball at Rocklin High School and Junior College ball at Yuba College in California. He also played professional basketball in Colombia and Finland, and plans on returning to Europe to play again this upcoming season.
Shalyce Parashonts graduated from Moapa Valley High School in 2007 and was a two time first team all-state for girls basketball. From 2007-2008, Shalyce played as a starting freshman for Feather River College. She resides in Kaibab, Arizona and is the Fitness Instructor and Certified Trainer for the Kaibab Paiute Tribe. This was her second year as an assistant coach at the camp.
Taylor Stanfield is a member of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians and has always lived on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation. He has been playing basketball since he was very young and has been participating in the camp for 12 years. The past few years he has assisted Coach Wendy and the rest of her team during the camp.