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Indigenous HOOPS program supports Indigenous youth and mental health

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(NEW YORK) -- DeShawn and Sharmane Joseph want to see more Indigenous athletes on the world stage.

The husband-wife duo are the founders of Indigenous HOOPS -- which stands for "Honoring Our Original People in Sports" -- a nationwide basketball program for Indigenous youth that started as a local league for their Tulalip Nation.

"It all started because a little girl wanted to play basketball," Sharmane Joseph said about her and DeShawn Joseph's eldest daughter, who wanted to play basketball as a child. She didn't have a team to join until DeShawn Joseph started coaching one.

"She needed something for herself, to be able to have an outlet, to have something to look forward to," Sharmane Joseph said.

In 2014, when the Josephs' eldest daughter was a freshman in high school, the Tulalip community was impacted by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Some tribal members were among those shot, along with teens in the community with whom their daughter was close.

"They grew up all together," Sharmane Joseph said. "So, it really just opened our eyes to [see] that we were not doing enough [in the community]. Maybe we're sitting idle."

To support the youth of the community better, the Josephs began working intensely with their existing basketball program, Unity Basketball, which they had founded in 2010 -- their daughter was part of the first Unity team -- and eventually expanded it into a second program, Indigenous HOOPS, which was founded in 2021.

While their overall goal is to give Native kids opportunities to showcase their talents and athletic skills, Sharmane and DeShawn Joseph said they also want Indigenous HOOPS to support the mental health of Native youth.

"Early on in the pandemic, we realized that there was a big missing gap for tribal youth, the mental health rate had declined for tribal use, the suicide rate had [gone] up. So we wanted to create something that might be a beacon of hope to help the kids look forward to something," DeShawn Joseph said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Native Americans and Native Alaskans between the ages of 10-34 in 2019.

"Life is bigger than basketball, especially when it comes to mental health," DeShawn Joseph said, adding, "Being a Native American adolescent on the reservation, with maybe not as many opportunities as some others, basketball served as an outlet for me."

Sharmane Joseph said that along with supporting young people's mental health and all the life skills their program teaches, Indigenous HOOPS also offers participants a sense of belonging.

"It gives me a made-family that I made and created myself," she said. "It's just more family than it is basketball."

Sharmane -- lovingly known as "Mama Shar" within the league -- and DeShawn Joseph said they treat the players like their own children.

While their eldest daughter doesn't play basketball anymore, the small team her father started coaching for her has since grown into a nationwide program that has led Native youth to attend college and sign on to collegiate teams.

"I feel like it brings all of our people together, just like a powwow," DeShawn Joseph said. "But we're there for our children to play the sports we all love.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/21/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 6, Edmonton 5 (OT)
Columbus 7, Anaheim 4
Toronto 6, Arizona 3
Buffalo 3, Montreal 2
Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Marquette 105, DePaul 71
Duke 84, Miami 55
Penn St. 90, Illinois 89
Alabama 98, Florida 93
George Mason 71, Dayton 67
LSU 75, Kentucky 74
New Mexico 68, Colorado St. 66

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Miami 2, Real Salt Lake 0

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/20/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Los Angeles 5, Columbus 1
Washington 6, New Jersey 2
Florida 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
NY Rangers 3, Dallas 1
NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 3
Colorado 3, Vancouver 1
Nashville 5, Vegas 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Saint Mary's (Cal.) 70, San Francisco 66
Creighton 85, UConn 66
Tennessee 72, Missouri 67
BYU 78, Baylor 71
Utah St. 68, San Diego St. 63
Texas Tech 82, TCU 81

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William Byron wins first Daytona 500 after rain delay

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- After being delayed a day due to weather, a victor has been crowned at the Daytona 500.

William Byron crossed the finish line Monday at the Daytona International Speedway while under a caution flag to snatch the win, breaking Hendrick Motorsports' losing streak at the iconic NASCAR event.

The win marked the 26-year-old's first career "Great American Race" victory.

The race, the official opening of the NASCAR Cup Series season, had been scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. on Sunday but was called off hours before as the weather forecast showed no sign that the rain would let up, officials said.

The last time the Daytona 500 was postponed for a full day was in 2012 when heavy rain caused the delay. In 2020, drivers completed 20 laps before a rain delay was called and the race had to be finished the next day.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/19/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Anaheim 4, Buffalo 3
Toronto 4, St. Louis 2
Boston 4 Dallas 3 (SO)
Minnesota 10, Vancouver 7
Detroit 4 Seattle 3 (OT)
Calgary 6, Winnipeg 3
Vegas 4, San Jose 0
Edmonton 6, Arizona 3
Carolina 6, Chicago 3
Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Houston 73, Iowa St. 65

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High school football team that beat the odds gets deserving surprises

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(NEW YORK) -- Cardinal Hayes High School's football team is the definition of a ray of sunshine!

Once called one of the "worst teams," the players overcame the odds to win the New York State Catholic High School State Championship in December 2023, becoming the first New York City team in history to do so.

The young players have had to contend with multiple challenges -- from an outdoor home field that's smaller than regulation size and an outdoor weight room caked in rust to an

Despite their hurdles, Cardinal Hayes' head football coach CJ O'Neil told "Good Morning America" the students "battled" and made do with what they had.

Added Cardinal Hayes President Michael Carey: "We're located in the poorest congressional district in the nation. Most of the students come from the surrounding area. One thing we're guaranteed is we're gonna get knocked down. The question is how we respond."

To celebrate their achievements so far and to support the deserving students, "Good Morning America" teamed up with several partners to give the dedicated players a few surprises, including college offers for two students.

Riddell teamed up with "GMA" to surprise the football team with new equipment worth over $30,000.

Nike gifted new cleats for every team member of the team.

Bank of America is also supporting the football team with a generous gift of $50,000.

Last but not least, the New York Giants offered pre-season tickets to members of the Cardinal Hayes High School football team.

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University of Iowa's Caitlin Clark breaks NCAA women's basketball scoring record

Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes dribbles against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Feb. 11, 2024, in Lincoln, Neb. -- Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- Caitlin Clark, the University of Iowa basketball phenom, is now officially in the history books.

Clark, a senior point guard for the Hawkeyes, made history Thursday, becoming the NCAA women’s basketball career scoring leader after making her first three shots in the first quarter of Iowa’s home game against the University of Michigan.

By her third shot Thursday night, Clark broke the previous record -- Kelsey Plum's 3,527 career points while playing for the Washington Huskies.

By the end of her game against Michigan, Clark's overall point total was 3,569. She also set a school record, scoring a Hawkeye high in the game with 49 points.

In a press conference prior to Thursday's game, Clark said she was "really thankful and grateful" for her remarkable career.

"I understand the magnitude of this," Clark said, according to ESPN. "But I think it's just kind of come along with how my four years have gone. I'm just really thankful and grateful."

Clark has the choice at the end of the season to play another year, her fifth season, or become a prospect for the WNBA draft.

Iowa lost last year to Louisiana State University in the finals of the NCAA Women's tournament.

"I'm somebody who has really big dreams, goals and aspirations," Clark said, according to ESPN. "I dreamed of doing really big things, playing in front of big crowds, going to the Final Four. I just go about my business as I did when I was a freshman. Sure, my life's kind of changed somewhat. I just try to have fun and enjoy every single day."

The final score of Thursday night's game was 106-89.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/15/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Memphis 113, Milwaukee 110
Golden State 140, Utah 137
Minnesota 128, Portland 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Seattle 4, Boston 1
Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1
Florida 4, Buffalo 0
Anaheim 5, Ottawa 1
Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
NY Rangers 7, Montreal 4
Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 3
Dallas 9, Nashville 2
St. Louis 6, Edmonton 3
Final Pittsburgh 4 Chicago 1
San Jose 6, Calgary 3
Vancouver 4, Detroit 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Saint Mary's (Cal.) 103, Pepperdine 59
Purdue 84, Minnesota 76
FAU 80, Temple 68

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Kansas City Chiefs player Trey Smith reacts to parade shooting, recounts helping boy

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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Fans were celebrating alongside the Kansas City Chiefs at Wednesday’s victory parade following their recent 2024 Super Bowl win when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Chiefs offensive lineman Trey Smith told ABC News' Good Morning America that he and his teammates were making their way off the stage at Union Station when he learned there was an active shooter.”

I just remember the security guards ushering us through the doors quickly, saying, 'Come on, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up,'" Smith, 24, told GMA. "They said, 'This is not a joke. It's a life and death situation.'"

One woman was killed and at least 21 people injured by gunfire in the shooting, according to Kansas City police.

The incident occurred west of Union Station, outside near the garage, as Chiefs fans were leaving, according to police. Three people have been detained for investigation in connection to the shooting, police said.

In the chaos after the shooting, Smith said he and a teammate took shelter in a closet while helping to guide as many other people as they could to safety.

"Right before I run in there, there's a little kid in front of me so I just grabbed him and yanked him up and said, 'You're hopping in here with me, buddy,'" Smith recalled. "I don't know how many people were in the closet, maybe 20-plus."

He continued, "One of my teammates, my long snapper James Winchester, was very instrumental in helping keep people calm."

Once Smith and the others who took shelter in the closet were able to safely leave, Smith said they went to the Chiefs' team buses, which were filled with bystanders trying to escape the chaos as the active shooter incident unfolded.

Smith recalled helping to calm one young fan who was "hysterical" after the shooting.

"This little boy was with his father. He was a little hysterical. He just panicked. He was scared. He doesn't know what's going on," Smith said. "I had the WWE belt the entire parade and I was thinking, what can I do to help him out? I just handed him the belt and said, 'Hey buddy, you're the champion. No one is gonna hurt you. No one's gonna hurt you, man. We got your back.'"

Smith said he started talking to the boy about wrestling and asking him questions, like who is his favorite wrestler.

"He was looking out the window. He was seeing people reacting, trying to get out of the situation. I'm like, 'Here you go, buddy, this is yours,'" Smith said of handing the boy the WWE belt, which he and other players had worn during the parade. "'No one is gonna hurt you. You're here with us. You're going to be A-OK. You're going to be all right.'"

Smith said he remains shocked by the violence that occurred at the celebration.

"I'm pretty angry. Due to senseless violence, someone lost their life .... Children are injured. Children are traumatized," Smith said. "I'm hurting for, one, the families of the people who got impacted, [and two,] the city of Kansas City."

Smith said that he still believes in the strength of the people of Kansas City, thousands of whom turned out to celebrate the Chiefs' second consecutive Super Bowl win.

"Our hearts go out to you guys. We will continue to pray for you. At the end of the day, Kansas City is a great city," Smith said. "We're going to stand up together and we're going to be strong."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/14/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Charlotte 122, Atlanta 99
Orlando 118, New York 100
Miami 109, Philadelphia 104
Boston 136, Brooklyn 86
Indiana 127, Toronto 125
Cleveland 108, Chicago 105
Memphis 121, Houston 113
Dallas 116, San Antonio 93
New Orleans 133, Washington 126
LA Lakers 138, Utah 122
Sacramento 102, Denver 98
Phoenix 116, Detroit 100
LA Clippers 130, Golden State 125

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Winnipeg 1, San Jose 0
Florida 5, Pittsburgh 2
Minnesota 3, Arizona 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UConn 101, DePaul 65
Tennessee 92, Arkansas 63
Auburn 101, South Carolina 61

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/13/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Lakers 125, Detroit 111
Boston 118, Brooklyn 110
Oklahoma City 127, Orlando 113
Miami 123, Milwaukee 97
Minnesota 121, Portland 109
Phoenix 130, Sacramento 125

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 7, Los Angeles 0
Toronto 4, St. Louis 1
Montreal 5, Anaheim 0
Ottawa 6, Columbus 3
Colorado 6, Washington 3
Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Seattle 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)
Dallas 4, Carolina 2
New Jersey 4, Nashville 2
Vancouver 4, Chicago 2
Edmonton 8, Detroit 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Marquette 78, Butler 72
Syracuse 86, North Carolina 79
Iowa St. 68, Cincinnati 59
Baylor 79, Oklahoma 62
Illinois 97, Michigan 68
Dayton 75, Duquesne 59
Creighton 94, Georgetown 72
BYU 90, UCF 88
Wisconsin 62, Ohio St. 54
Pittsburgh 74, Virginia 63
Kentucky 75, Mississippi 63
Illinois St. 80, Indiana St. 67

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Jason Kelce says he'll 'have an answer' about retirement 'in the next couple weeks'

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(NEW YORK) -- Jason Kelce said this week that he will have an update about his possible retirement from the NFL soon.

During an appearance on "The Big Podcast with Shaq" on Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles center opened up about the forthcoming decision, noting that he is still "figuring it out."

"I think if I still want to play, I'm going to play," he explained. "I think right now we're not far enough away from the last game. It's emotional, it's a long season, the end of the season quite frankly, awful…. So I'm just going to take some time, rest, recoup and then figure it out."

"I think I'll have an answer in the next couple weeks," Kelce, 36, added.

Kelce has played for the Eagles for 13 seasons since he was drafted in 2011. His last game of the 2023 season was in January, when the Eagles lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the postseason Wild Card Round, ending their playoffs journey early.

Reports surfaced last month that Kelce had announced his retirement to his teammates shortly after their final game of the season, which Kelce later denied.

Discussing the rumor in an episode of his "New Heights" podcast with his brother Travis Kelce that same month, he said, "I just don't think you're in a position after a game like that to really, you know, make that decision. I just don't."

"There's too much emotion in the moment," he continued. "There's too much going down in the moment to really fully grasp that decision."

He added, "I'm not trying to be dramatic to continue to draw this thing out. I'm really not."

Kelce has been dubbed one the best NFL centers of his generation. He is a seven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, a six-time first-team All-Pro selection, and has one Super Bowl ring, having helped the Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

In 2023, he and his brother made history when the Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs faced off in Super Bowl LVII, marking the first time two brothers had ever played against each other in a Super Bowl.

In addition to being a star on field, Kelce is also a father of three daughters, Wyatt Elizabeth Kelce, Elliotte Kelce and Bennett Llewellyn Kelce, whom he shares with wife Kylie McDevitt Kelce.

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Patrick Mahomes expects to celebrate a fourth Super Bowl win at Disney World next season

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(NEW YORK) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl.

The 28-year-old notched his third Super Bowl victory in seven seasons on Sunday in a thrilling 25-22 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers -- the second team in NFL history to win in overtime since the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

With the three-time Super Bowl MVP on pace to rewrite the NFL record books, Mahomes took a moment to reflect on the win, his team and his future with ABC News' Good Morning America.

"Obviously we've had a great start, a great run. And we've done a lot of great things, but we've still got a long ways to go," Mahomes told ABC News' Will Reeve at Disneyland. "If I can have the mindset to continue to get better every single day when I'm done playing, people will be able to put whatever title they want to put on me."

He went on, "You have to compete with yourself -- that's the first person you compete with every single day, trying to be the best person, to be the best player that you can be, be the best teammate, the best father."

Mahomes, feted as a hero after taking home the Super Bowl title last year, told GMA in a 2023 interview from Disneyland that he would be back in the same spot at the end of this season.

"I'm gonna try to try to do whatever I can to work my tail off to win another Super Bowl and then we'll meet again," Mahomes told Reeve at the time, rightly predicting his present situation.

But the back-to-back Super Bowl wins didn't come easily at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Mahomes stayed in the driver's seat for all 74 minutes and 57 seconds of the game -- the longest Super Bowl ever.

"We prepare for those moments," he said, referring to the plays in overtime. "The only time I felt like I was a little nervous was maybe that fourth down play -- we're about to go out there and get it, but at the same time you just go back to your fundamentals."

Passing to wide receiver Mecole Hardman Jr. for the winning touchdown, Mahomes led Kansas City to their Super Bowl 58 title.

"It's almost all emotion -- I was just running and then I didn't know where to go. So I had to lay down somewhere and I did some type of tumble on the ground. And it's a moment that I'll never forget," Mahomes said of the scene immediately after.

He added, "Winning the Super Bowl in Vegas -- it was going to be a long night, but we’re at Disneyland now and we're enjoying every bit of it."

His teammate, tight end Travis Kelce, who recorded nine receptions for 93 yards on Sunday, enjoyed the post-game celebrations alongside girlfriend Taylor Swift, his brother and Eagles center Jason Kelce.

"Those two brothers, man. They're the life of the party wherever they go," Mahomes said. "Travis Kelce's had a great, great couple years, I'll say that."

And Mahomes is ready as ever to keep the fairy tale streak alive with his sights already set on a meeting at Disney World this time next year.

"We have the Super Bowl in New Orleans, a little flight over, let's do it," he said with a smile.

Mahomes, who was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2017 draft, finished 34 of 46 for 333 yards and two touchdowns in this Super Bowl appearance.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/12/24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Charlotte 111, Indiana 102
Philadelphia 123, Cleveland 121
San Antonio 122, Toronto 99
Chicago 136, Atlanta 126
Milwaukee 112, Denver 95
Houston 105, New York 103
Dallas 112, Washington 104
Golden State 129, Utah 107
New Orleans 96, Memphis 87
Minnesota 121, LA Clippers 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
New Jersey 3, Seattle 1
NY Rangers 2, Calgary 0
Philadelphia 5, Arizona 3
Minnesota 5, Vegas 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Texas Tech 79, Kansas 50
Duke 77, Wake Forest 69

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Super Bowl LVIII: Chiefs beat 49ers in overtime

Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback #15 Patrick Mahomes holds the trophy after winning Super Bowl LVIII against the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 11, 2024. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

(LAS VEGAS, NV) --The Kansas City Chiefs scored a comeback 25-22 overtime victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 11, and became the first team to win back-to-back NFL championships in 20 years.

The game -- one of the longest in NFL history -- ended regulation play in a tie, forcing overtime. After the 49ers' Jake Moody kicked a 27-yard field goal to put San Francisco ahead, the Chief's Mecole Hardman caught a 3-yard pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to clinch the walk-off victory.

After a slow first half, Mahomes bounced back, completing 34 of 46 passes for 333 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 66 yards rushing. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce finished with 93 yards on nine receptions.

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