Posted On: 05/28/15 11:00 PM

The Dakota Schoolers are one of the most traditionally strong spring/summer basketball programs in the entire nation.  For 25 years they have been an example of excellence helping produce high character student athletes through teachings on the hardwood.  The first days of the Dakota Schoolers were just a young team playing a few events and 25 years later there are Dakota Schoolers throughout the landscape of college basketball.  

The Beginning

Often successful businesses aren't started with a giant outline. Sometimes they begin because of a small event, or a gesture of good fun. The Dakota Schoolers played their first games so a father could watch his son.

"It was 1991 in Aberdeen, South Dakota," said Schoolers Director Paul Seville. "It started as an eighth grade traveling team as a favor to my friend's son.  The young man's father was in the Gulf War that year and missed all of his son's winter basketball so we started a summer team so he could see his son play.

"It was just a one year deal with a bunch of eighth graders. We had twelve kids on the team that year, that's how naive I was (Paul said with a laugh)."

Seville was

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