Big 12 has Big Plans for Native American Heritage Day

Big 12 has Big Plans for Native American Heritage Day
Muscogee (Creek) citizen Nicole Been will direct a free basketball clinic on March 10 at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City.

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Muscogee (Creek) citizen Nicole Been directing free clinic

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Big 12 Conference has announced it will host “Native American Heritage Day” at the 2019 Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on March 10.

The date is designated for the semi-finals session of the tournament and will include games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Special activities planned for the day will include Native language versions of the national anthem, performed by Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Louisa Mya Harjo, and invocation by the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe’s Gordon Yellowman.

There will also be a special halftime performance and the presentation of colors from a Native American Honor Guard.

In addition, Muscogee (Creek) citizen and Okemah native Nicole Been will direct a free youth basketball clinic that morning from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Abe Lemons Arena on the campus of Oklahoma City University.

The clinic will have limited spots available and is open to all children in 3rd-8th grades.

Been, who played at Bacone College from 1999-2001, is well traveled and experienced in the basketball world.

She spent time as a graduate assistant coach with the Baylor University Women’s program and was a clinician for the NBA’s Orlando Magic Basketball Camps.

Currently she is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Athletic Representative at Langston University and a Ph.D candidate at Oklahoma State University.

She is excited to use her knowledge and connections to bring in some of the best basketball minds to offer instruction at the clinic.

“I am super excited about the youth clinic and being able to serve my community through the game that has done so much for me,” Been said. “We have an amazing team of clinicians with tons of playing and coaching experience. It should be a really fun day of learning.”

Participants in the clinic will receive a free t-shirt, free basketball and a free ticket to the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship later that day.

Parents of clinic attendees who wish to accompany their child to the tournament games can purchase tickets online or at the arena the day of the game for $9 per general admission ticket.

There will also be group rates available at $5 per ticket with a minimum number of 10 per group.

Tickets can be ordered online at,

For questions regarding the clinic, Been can be reached at, or 407-409-4601.

Online registration for the clinic is underway and can be done at:

“Me and my team are really looking forward to it,” Been said. “It’s a great way to promote basketball and to promote leadership skills.”


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  • Akiera Hawk
    February 20, 2019, 5:58 pm

    Can not find online registration for the clinic.

    • Melinda @Akiera Hawk
      February 24, 2019, 3:12 pm

      I’m trying to register my kids and the link just goes to buy the tickets. Can someone help me on registering?

      • Mvskoke Media@Melinda
        February 27, 2019, 4:08 pm

        We contacted the camp organizers about the issue and were told the link was disabled as soon as the camp was full.