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How Rez Ball Is Transforming the Health and Fitness of a Whole Community


November 1, 2019

– SUMMERTIME AT THE SLAB: Justin Kitcheyan, 15, drives to the hoop. From left: Drew PArker, 18; Ed Payer, 17; Dyami Berridge, 13; and Jamison Smith, 15.

IF YOU'VE BEEN road-tripping for a couple quiet hours through the rolling farmland and lush prairie of northeastern Nebraska, the first things you'll notice when you finally cruise through Winnebago are the modest tribal casino and the bright blue basketball court right on Bluff Street that everyone on the reservation calls the Slab. There, a cluster of kids-grade-schoolers with baggy shorts and straight black hair-are launching outside shots and breaking one another's ankles. Harmless puffy clouds float across a crystalline summer sky, but at the Slab it's raining threes.


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