June 22, 2008

Ojibwe joins Team Hollywood

A star is born

Ojibwe youth joins celebrity basketball teamEver since he was a little boy, Herschel Ogema Jr., 20, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, dreamed of playing hoops in the big leagues. Now, after being selected to join the Team Hollywood celebrity basketball troupe, his dream is becoming a reality.

Organizers with Team Hollywood say they immediately saw something special in Ogema when they played a tournament last year at his former high school, Four Directions charter school in Minneapolis. The team, composed of former NBA players, retired Harlem Globetrotters and talented streetballers, has been around for about 10 years. The players have only lost one game during that span, with an average of 20 games played each year.

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