Throughout May and early June, Damen Bell-Holter will meet with students, host basketball camps and speak at Sealaska community meetings in Southeast Alaska and Washington State communities.
The former professional basketball player from Hydaburg, Alaska is now Sealaska’s Director of Youth and Community Development. His role and passion is to mentor and motivate Southeast Alaska and Pacific Northwest youth so they can eventually serve and enhance their communities and Native organizations.
“Since the age of 14, basketball was my life. Over my athletic career, coaches and many others guided me in a positive direction through encouragement, tough conversations and passion that may not have been there otherwise,” Damen said. “I know it was important for my upbringing, and I want to give back and guide our youth toward a brighter future.”
Damen wants to meet with shareholders, teachers, mentors, coaches and other influential community members while in their communities. “Come with ideas of how I can help provide opportunities for our young leaders,” Damen said. This could include hosting workshops, basketball camps and motivational speaking engagements at schools and communities. He will be available before and after the previously scheduled Sealaska community meetings to talk with community members about future opportunities and desired messaging to local youth.
Below is a list of cities Damen will be visiting:
Thursday, May 17 | Haines, Alaska | Sealaska Community Meeting
Friday, May 18 | Hoonah, Alaska | Sealaska Community Meeting
Sunday, May 20 | Lynnwood, WA | Sealaska Community Meeting
Monday, May 21 | Seattle, WA, DoubleTree Hotel in SeaTac | Sealaska Community Meeting
Tuesday, May 22 | Klawock, Alaska | 1st-8th grade school visit and Sealaska Community Meeting
Wednesday, May 23 | Ketchikan, Alaska | Sealaska Community Meeting
Sunday, May 27 | Wrangell, Alaska | basketball camp
June 1 - 3 | Angoon, Alaska | basketball camp
Sunday, June 3 | Juneau, Alaska
This page has been updated. Damen Bell-Holter is hosting a basketball camp in Angoon, Alaska June 1-3, not on May 31.