As the field representative for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, South Dakota, I have had the opportunity to introduce FCA to the reservation schools across the state as well as start huddles in a few high schools, do free sports camps for kids, and start specific sport ministry teams.
Currently I have youth huddle groups in Pine Ridge, Red Cloud. Been able to serve as basketball coach at Red Cloud and Crazy Horse schools all of which are on Pine Ridge reservation. I have also done summer Sports camps here in Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Ft. Thompson reservations. Being able to partner with churches, schools and coaches across the region have brought stability and consistency to the sport camps on Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations.
Sport Specific Ministry has included a travel club basketball team where I attempt to get kids from the majority of the reservation schools on Pine Ridge. Summer has brought youth baseball teams as well where kids come out to the fields daily to learn the fundamental of sports and are challenged into a personal relationship with Christ. They learn to play for something bigger than themselves.
Bringing the Gospel onto any reservation has many unique challenges but I could not think of a better platform to reach the youth of the reservations like Sports.