Lakota Beatty, ORU women host Anadarko girls basketball camp in honor of sister Ashley
ANADARKO — It’s cultural tradition in some Native American communities for families to honor those who pass away for the ensuing four years, typically by celebrating them in an avenue of life they were passionate about.
On June 15 two years ago, Oral Roberts basketball player Ashley Beatty, 20, was found dead in her dorm room of an apparent suicide.
In her memory earlier this month, on June 14, Ashley’s older sister, Lakota Beatty, hosted the Ashley Beatty Girls’ Basketball Tribute Camp for the second straight year. Put on by the Beatty family and instructed by the Oral Roberts women’s basketball team, the free Division I camp in their hometown of Anadarko for all girls entering fifth through 12th grade saw more than 150 basketball players show up, commemorating Ashley’s life by playing the sport she loved.