MARCH 16-20, 2016
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never fails."
The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship is a single-elimination tournament held each spring in the United States, featuring 68·college basketball teams, to determine the national championship in the top tier of college basketball. Held mostly in March, it is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most prominent annual sporting events in the United States. At Dog Soldiers 4 Jesus Christ (DS4JC), our goal is to create that same atmosphere for Native American 7th/8th graders nationwide. However, the focal point of this event is to encourage Native American youth through our ministry’s faith and biblical principal.
The theme for this year's five day event is Love. Love is an action, not an emotion. The kind of love is seen, expereinced, and demonstrated. From day one our team will challenge them to critically evaluate the life path they will choose for high school and years to follow, all the while playing the game they love, basketball! The tournament activities include: Workshop/Boot Camp, OKC Thunder/Boston Celtics basketball game (limited tickets), pool games, Friday Night Rising Stars Event, a dance, single elimination tournament play, praise/worship service, and a Final Four/Championship Sunday! And for all the coaches, they will be treated to delicious home cooking and great conversation at the coaches hospitality room throughout the entire tournament.
Our team at DS4JC is currently working on putting together a special guest to kick off the tournament on Wednesday, and special player incentive giveaways. God has granted our team with so much grace and mercy throughout our lives that we just want to extend the blessing to other people! This event is designed to challenge our student/athletes both mentally and physically in preparation for the “Big Dance,” that is life. We know the cycle of alcohol/drug abuse, gang violence, school dropouts, teen pregnancy, suicides, etc. can’t change overnight, but a new cycle needs to begin. In the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: “There is a time for everything,·and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The bondage our Native American youth are currently in must change!
The tournament field limit is 24 teams, 12 girls and 12 boys 7th/8th teams. Players must provide proof of Native American descent. The entry fee is $200 in the form of a cashier’s check/money order. Teams can also fill out and send in a team commitment form during January, along with $25 to secure a spot or $50 during the month of February to secure a spot. The deadline for entry forms is March 4, 2016 by 5 p.m. The Workshop/Boot Camp will begin on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Only players that register that day and attend the workshop will be eligible for drawings and special giveaways. Pool play begins on Thursday, so every team must be prepared to play Thursday beginning at noon. For more information, click on the links below or call (918) 652-5405 or e-mail:
. We hope to see you in March!
ENTRY FORM COMMITMENT FORM