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Jan 25, 201308:54 AMThe Telegraph

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Retired NBA Coach Phil Jackson Sponsors Campaign for American Indian College Fund

Jan 25, 2013 - 08:54 AM
Retired NBA Coach Phil Jackson Sponsors Campaign for American Indian College Fund

Courtesy American Indian College Fund

Since 1989, the American Indian College Fund (the Fund), the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students, has given thousands of kids the opportunity of a lifetime: a better education. The Fund's hard work in 2011–2012, alone, translated into scholarships for more than 4,218 American Indian students.

This week comes word that former basketball coach Phil Jackson will give one lucky fan the opportunity to spend a day with him in Los Angeles learning his basketball coaching secrets (airfare and hotel are included in the trip). Jackson has teamed up with online fundraising company Omaze for a fundraising campaign to support the Fund to raise money for Native student scholarships. Donors must complete entries for a chance to meet Jackson via the Fund’s Facebook page and website. The campaign will run through February 8, and donations aren't required to enter.

As part of the effort, Jackson, a longtime supporter of the Fund who has also conducted basketball clinics in Indian Country, will show video of past championship series and share how he groomed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant to be the stellar athletes and household names they are today. Jackson will also discuss how he developed his trademark Triangle Offense as well as the other strategies critical to his 11 National Basketball Association championships, the most in basketball history.

“The American Indian College is delighted that Mr. Jackson has donated his time and energies to illustrate the need for financial support for American Indian college students,” said Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “Not only is Mr. Jackson helping to raise money for scholarships, but he is also providing Native students with the valuable knowledge that he believes that with an education, they are all winners."

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