‘Native Ball’ Makes its Free Missoula Premiere on Wednesday
It's an emotional story of the first female Native American from Montana to earn a full-ride Division I basketball scholarship.
Her heroic efforts as a University of Montana Lady Griz standout blazed a trail for others to follow. But as a teenager with the courage to journey into the unknown, Malia Kipp probably had no idea what an inspiration she would become.
And now, part of her lasting legacy will include the release of the film "Native Ball the Legacy of a Trailblazer." The University of Montana, DiverseU and Montana PBS invite you to a free screening shown to the public this Wednesday, November 1, 6:00 p.m., third floor of the University Center on the UM campus. But come early for the social gathering planned ahead of the screening.
In 1992, Malia, who graduated from Browning High School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, became a Lady Griz, recruited by legendary coach Robin Selvig. She played for Montana from 1992-96, showcasing her talents during an outstanding career.
Malia, along with other former Lady Griz Native American players, will be in attendance at the screening. Those scheduled to be there include Simarron Schildt, Tamara Guardipee and Shanae Gilham.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER EVENT DETAILS
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Socializing and appetizers
6:00 PM: Screening of Native Ball
6:30 PM: Panel discussion
And since you will be mere steps away, stroll over the Adams Center and cheer on this year's edition of Lady Griz basketball, when they host St. Martin's University in an exhibition game at 7:00 Wednesday evening.
Remember, there is no admission to the screening of Native Ball, but if you would like to make sure you have a seat saved and register for the event, you can do that here.
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