The Milwaukee Bucks are celebrating Native American Heritage Month in November, and there is no better representative than second-year forward MarJon Beauchamp. The Yakima, Washington native proudly traces his Native American roots as he honors his ancestors and the community where he grew up in.
Milwaukee Bucks’ MarJon Beauchamp Is a Proud Native American
Speaking on a recent interview, Beauchamp opened up about what it means to him to represent the small town of Yakima, which has a population of less than 100,000 people.
“You know, give back to the kids. Give back to the community,” he said. “I think, especially where I came from, I come from a small city, so I’m like the hope of my city. So that’s why I’m so big on it.
“… Where you come from, you should treat it with respect. Try to do the best for your community and try to come back and give back. I feel like I’m their role model and I try to be the best me I can be.”
Beauchamp then talked about honoring his Native American roots — a privilege and a duty that he takes seriously.
“I grew up playing in the Yakama, like the reservation and Yakama tournaments and stuff like that,” Beauchamp said. “First time I discovered I had native blood in me, it was my dad. He took me to a Native American basketball tournament.”
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It was an eye-opening experience from Beauchamp, who has since been repping his roots loud and proud.
He’s been making quite a name for himself on the grandest stage as well of late. He hasn’t exactly taken the basketball world by storm in his sophomore year, but he’s slowly establishing himself as a permanent part of head coach Adrian Griffin’s rotation early on in the campaign.
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