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Schimmel sisters relish new roles as ambassadors of 'rez ball'

Two sisters from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon are proud to be the new ambassadors of "rez ball," a style of playing that's won them fans as they head into the final game of the NCAA championship.

University of Louisville junior Shoni Schimmel and sophomore Jude Schimmel say fellow Native Americans travel hundreds of miles just to see them play. They enjoy meeting their fans after games.

"We know how much they drove,” Shoni Schimmel told the Associated Press. “We know how exciting it is for them, but it’s also an honor and a privilege for us.”

The Louisville Cardinals are up against the University of Connecticut Huskies tonight for the NCAA title.

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At Louisville, Schimmel sisters can play some ‘rez ball,’ promote Native American athletes (AP 4/8)
Two Sisters Bring Native American Pride To Women's NCAA (NPR 4/8)

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