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ROSS Leaders used OmaROSS weekend to provide unique and uplifting experiences not only for our students but for our community as well. We partnered with Youth for Greater Good, SO Elite Training, VIsions 2 Reality, Gmoneyiam Visions, and KANEKO to bring the event to life.


Throughout the OmaROSS weekend, So Elite Training & ROSS Leaders collaborated to host one of the largest basketball camps in the country: The So Elite All-Academic Camp. 50 student-athletes traveled from around the nation to participate in the event. The two-day camp consisted of skills training as well as competitive games for the participants to showcase their skills. The skills training and games were documented by South Sudanese videographer George Abwok of GMoneyiam Visions.  


The NCAA Basketball Panel consisted of successful Omaha college basketball stars. All panelists shared testimonies of their collegiate career. They gave us a glimpse of a typical student athlete routine, intensities of workouts and games, their own fears and mistakes, and the importance of putting your schoolwork before your extracurriculars. As members of the same community as our youth; their success is one of many proud achievements of OmaROSS.  


We kicked off the week’s festivities by taking a group of youth on a trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the top ranked zoos in the country! During our visit, we had the experience of learning about the zoo’s history regarding facility expansion and animal rescues. Our students also had the opportunity to explore the different exhibits and form lifelong memories with their peers. Here at ROSS Leaders, we believe that conversations spark the ambition to change, especially within our community. On the third day of the event, we hosted Round Table Talks with groups of students. These talks included workshops on various areas that impact our community: financial literacy, personal development, and mental health. Throughout the workshop, we had community experts lead the conversation on each topic and explain how we can utilize the knowledge in our lives.  


The final event, Culture Night, lead by YFGG, included traditional dances, an art show, and a fashion show. We displayed a variety of art pieces created by Sudanese artists as an opportunity to highlight and appreciate the creativity of our youth. Our fashion show consisted of students strutting the runway with African print clothing and traditional tribal attire. The cultural dances consisted of performances from Youth for Greater Good’s Nuer dance team and a Ma’di dance performed by Ma’di community members. At the end of the night, OmaROSS partners gave awards to outstanding parents and youth participants for their hard work and contributions. 

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