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'Best dunker in the nation' performing at county schools

May 6, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

Arapaho Charter High School's Rec Club invites the community to attend one of two events next week with Kenny Dobbs, an American Indian known worldwide for his basketball-dunking abilities.

"We want to give people a positive thing to look forward to," ACHS student and Rec Club member Paul Waterman said.

Hobbs, 28, is a Nike-sponsored athlete and deemed the "Best Dunker in the Nation." He is an official ambassador for Nike's N7 division and the Native American Basketball Invitational Foundation.

He is also a motivational speaker, which is what he will be doing this week in Fremont County as part of his UpRise Youth Foundation.

The events will be from 6 until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Riverton Middle School and on Friday, May 11, at the recreation center located at the old gymnasium of Arapahoe School.

Doors open at 5 p.m. on both nights, and the presentations are open to the public and free of charge to attend. Doors will close when capacity is reached.

Tahnee Robinson, the first American Indian drafted in the Women's National Basketball Association and a Lander Valley High School graduate, will make a guest appearance both evenings.

ACHS student Constance Hebah said the Rec Club got the idea to invite Dobbs to Fremont County after one of her peers wrote a paper about the athlete. Teacher David Meyers contacted Dobbs's UpRise Foundation.

"The mission of UpRise Youth Foundation is to assist communities in providing activates that are fun, educational, and promote a model of healthy living," the foundation's website states.

"Dobbs has a great message to get out," Meyers said.

Dobbs, who dropped out of high school and had family struggles and run-ins with the law, is expected to speak about peer pressure, drugs and alcohol use and other issues facing today's youth.

Meyers said community members of all ages will get something from Dobbs's message.

"Come and enjoy it," Hebah said.

Attendees will have a chance to get an autograph from Dobbs during the gatherings.

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