|Mesa, AZ – As part of its fall educational webinar series, United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will hold a virtual summit with Native American athletes including Shauna Long, Madison Hammond and Lindy Waters III to discuss how sports have positively impacted their lives and communities. The webinar on Tuesday, November 17, at 3 p.m. PST is sponsored in honor of National Native American Heritage Month. This will be conducted via Zoom, with the theme “Hear Us. See Us. Rise Together.
“This fall webinar series has helped further our mission to foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of our youth, and to stay connected with one another,” said UNITY Executive Director Mary Kim Titla. “Thanks to sponsors like Nike N7, we are remaining engaged with Native Youth on the topics that are most relevant to them today.”
Basketball players Shauna Long (Standing Rock Sioux) and Lindy Waters III (Kiowa and Cherokee), and others will share their experiences as Native American athletes, discussing how, through athletics, youth can gain the confidence, platform, and opportunities to create positive change in their communities, while honoring and staying connected to their heritage.
Nike N7 started in 2000, when Sam McCracken, a former Nike warehouse worker, became manager of Nike’s Native American business. He developed a plan that focused on building relationships between Nike and tribes that had received diabetes education grants, and schools enrolled in the Office of Indian Education Programs.
“Through activity, competition, and play, kids grow up active, healthy, and more self-confident, enabling them to be a force for change in their communities, and to lead happier, healthier, more successful lives,” said McCracken. “My vision was to bring sports and all of the benefits that come with it to Native American communities.”
To register for the “Hear Us. See Us. Rise Together” webinar sponsored by UNITY and Nike N7, follow this link.
Remaining webinars in the fall series include: