At St. Joseph’s Indian School, it’s great to be able to offer facilities equipped with bikes, a pool and other recreational activities for our students. But, it’s even better when opportunities arise to share those things with the rest of the Chamberlain community.
The clear skies and sunny weather on August 24 made for the perfect atmosphere as St. Joseph’s hosted a community-wide Youth Triathlon. Sixty children, ages 5 to 15 took part in the running, swimming and biking event, 41 of which were St. Joseph’s students.
Several of our Native American students were also able to place, thus walking away with some hardware at the conclusion of the fun-filled event.
- Braxton, Marley and Trinity placed first through third, respectively, for ages 5 and 6;
- Payton and Victory placed second and third, respectively, for ages 7 and 8;
- Caprice placed third for ages 9 and 10
- Michael and Everedo placed second and third, respectively, for ages 11 and 12;
- Clayton placed first for ages 13 through 15.
- Kaylee, Victoria and Laree placed second and Neleigh, Kaylee and Mia placed third for ages 9 and 10;
- Collin, Julian and Treshawn placed second and Eric, Jackson and Vincient placed third for ages 11 and 12.
“Some of the kids get excited for the triathlon, while others get pretty nervous,” said Bryan, St. Joseph’s Rec Center Coordinator and Athletic Director. “But, all in all, they really enjoy themselves. The majority of the students take pride in their accomplishments and get excited to show others their medals.”
The Chamberlain community has been hosting the annual Youth Triathlon for over 10 years, but it was relocated to St. Joseph’s five years ago in 2013. Having a swimming pool and other convenient facility placements makes it the perfect spot to host the yearly event.
And the residential school is happy to play host. The event not only opens our doors to the community, but gives the Lakota students a chance to compete against other children from their community.
“They get to know one another and continue to mold those relationships over the years as they compete in other organized activities such as football, basketball and volleyball,” said Bryan.
Although a successful year, St. Joseph’s will continue the attempt to boost the number of participants and keep the event moving forward.
“It was a very good start to the weekend for everyone involved,” said Bryan. “It’s always a pleasure to watch our students enjoy themselves and for other community members from Chamberlain to be able to see what we’re all about here at St. Joseph’s.”