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The revised edition adds two new and exciting young basketball players to the roster of outstanding Native athletes already included in the book. Shoni Schimmel, a tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in eastern Oregon, has earned the nicknames "The Umatilla Thrilla" and "Showtime" in the world of women's basketball. To people in Indian Country, Shoni is an absolute hero. Kenny Dobbs, aka "The Dunk Inventor," is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has toured the globe with the National Basketball Association as a celebrity dunker for sold-out shows. The biographies of all thirteen athletes describe the hard work, determination and education it took to accomplish their dreams and become the champions they are.
Vincent Schilling is the executive vice president and co-owner of Schilling Media, Inc. a Native American owned media and media relations corporation in Virginia. He is an enrolled Akwesasne Mohawk, an award-winning Native American author and photojournalist; and a motivational and diversity public speaker who has traveled all over the United States and Canada. In 2011, he was given a human rights award by the mayor of Virginia Beach for his work and programs created about Native American issues. Schilling is also the co-host of Native Trailblazers, an online indigenous radio program which airs every Friday at 8 p.m. EST. and is an associate editor at Indian Country Today. He is also the author of three other books in the Native Trailblazers series: Native Men of Courage, Native Defenders of the Environment, and Native Musicians in the Groove.