Welcome to our 18th Annual Native Stars Basketball (NSB) fundamental program. The Native Stars Basketball program is a fundamental basketball training program which concentrates on improving the basketball skill level of its student athletes. The NSB program is open to female and male basketball players (native and non-native). Girl's from 6th grade to 11th grade. Boy's from 6th grade to 9th grade. Our fundamental basketball workout location is in Phoenix, Arizona. Register online at: http://www.nativehoops.com/nativestarsregistration.html
Our Mission Statement: The Native Stars Basketball program was founded in January 1999 for the purpose of giving young athletes the opportunity to improve their basketball skills through instruction, training and team competition. We are committed to preparing young athletes to succeed not only in basketball, but in every area of life by instilling the values of education, respect, discipline, hard work, dedication, team work, to have a positive attitude and to be a strong leader. Our Native Stars Basketball student athletes will work hard towards becoming good high school basketball players, with the dream and goal of playing basketball at the college level.
Organizational Attributes: The NSB program is highly organized for the purpose of providing outstanding safe instruction, discipline and supervision. As a player of the NSB program, you will definitely increase your basketball skill level and improve your self confidence on the basketball court. The NSB coaching staff have knowledge of basketball fundamentals, competitive coaching experience for tournament play and have the ability to instruct these athletes to enhance their awareness of the game of basketball. Our NSB coaches are devoted to the fundamentals of basketball. We emphasize defense, ball handling, shooting, transition, teamwork, passing, footwork and becoming a complete basketball player.
The Native Stars Basketball (NSB) program continues to give back to the community. In 2001, the Native American Community Health Center, Inc. (NACHCI) in Phoenix requested our help in making a video. The NSB program agreed to participate in creating a youth video focusing on youth diabetes. It was agreed that the video would be a community service project for the NSB program.
When the auditions for the video were complete, many of our Native Stars Basketball members and parents were selected as actors and extras in the video. The main characters CJ (Brooke Youvella-NSB member), CJ's parents (Serafino & Sandra Youvella-NSB parents), Nurse (Melissa Evans), The Coach (Everett Largo-NSB Coach). The video NSB extras were: Coach Joe Torres, Laura Torres, Charlieann Chacon, Lauren Fluegge, Jessica Brody, Brittany Youvella, Vanessa Ballestero, Deanna D'Arcangelo, Frincine Pino, Sarah Leesman, Amanda Gonzales, Jennifer Herbert and the rest of the NSB program.
The video was taped in different areas in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa. The NSB program enjoyed the experience of creating the video. It gave our NSB members a look at how a video is made. The "behind the scenes" of putting on the makeup, checking the lighting, the sound check and finally capturing it all on film. The final product was released in August 2004. The name of the video is "Finding the Way".
"Finding the Way" (excerpt from video cover)
"Finding the Way was created to promote diabetes prevention to the youth through education and lifestyle changes. The main character, CJ, a young Native American youth is determined to make the basketball team. During a routine physical, she is told her health is in jeopardy. With the help of her family, friends and community, CJ finds her way back to good health. The purpose of the video is to help teach and empower young people to make responsible decisions for events that impact their daily lives".
"The Finding the Way video was funded through a grant from St. Luke's Health initiative to Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and the Native American Community Health Center's Living Well Traditionally (LWT) Diabetes Prevention program of Phoenix, Arizona".
"Our gratitude and thanks to the many energetic and wonderful youth who helped make this project fun to produce. The project would not have become a reality without the enthusiasm and creative talents of the MCCD-LWT Advisory Committee, The Native Stars Basketball program, Cyclone Production and Funkamentals music group from Tucson".
For more information, contact the Native American Community Health Center, Inc. (LWT Diabetes Prevention Program) 3008 N. 3rd Street, Suite 310, Phoenix, Arizona 85012.