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This weekend's sports briefs: 12/7/13

NCAA to award Mills with highest honor

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The NCAA will honor Pine Ridge native and Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills next month with its highest honor.

The Theodore Roosevelt Award is named after the former president, whose concern for the conduct of college athletics led to the formation of the NCAA in 1906.

It’s given annually to an individual “for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement.”

Mills, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, co-founded and has become the national spokesman for the Running Strong for American Indian Youth organization, a nonprofit agency that works to strengthen Native American communities.

In February, President Barack Obama presented Mills with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second highest civilian award.

DWU hosting youth basketball clinic

By The Daily Republic

The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball programs are hosting a clinic for youth players Dec. 14 at the Christen Wellness Center on DWU’s campus.

The clinic is for boys and girls first through sixth grade and will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. Participants will receive instruction from DWU players and coaches, and are invited to perform fundamentals learned in front of college basketball fans at the Tigers’ home conference doubleheader against Doane College that afternoon.

The DWU women play at 6 p.m. and the men face off at 8 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Cost for the clinic is $35 per athlete and additional family members receive a $5 discount per athlete.