Dreamstarters Named By Billy Mills Take Top Honors
On October 14, 2014, fifty years to the day since Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills’s historic gold medal win in the 10,000-meter run, Mills and Running Strong for American Indian Youth announced Dreamstarter, a new program to help bring Native youth’s dreams to life. Now, halfway through its first year, Dreamstarter grantees are already winning top national honors and awards.
“Dreamstarter helps young American Indians see themselves transform into champions through the pursuit of a dream,” said Mills, who grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, in a press release. “No one believed I could win an Olympic gold medal. It only existed in my dreams. Native youth today struggle with a kind of poverty that robs them of their ability to dream about their future.”