Giving our youth opportunities to succeed
In my last column I talked about the Toby Eagle Bull Classic skateboarding competition and how beautiful of an event it is.
This year was no different as hundreds of youth from all across the reservation descended upon the Toby Eagle Bull Memorial Wounded Knee Four Directions Skate Park in Pine Ridge. Although, I have enjoyed helping my family put on the competition each year, this year, I came to the realization that there is a skateboarding movement taking hold on the reservation thanks in large part to community members taking action.
With the addition of a newly constructed skate park in Manderson, Walt Pourier and James Murphy, of the Stronghold Society have teamed with families like the Eagle Bulls to create a space for our youth to enjoy something other communities take for granted, and that is simply a place to play. Not only have these community members gathered the resources to construct the actual parks but they have also invested their time and energy in gifting boards and other necessities to kids wanting to learn the sport.