TUBA CITY, Ariz. - More than 60 professional and collegiate athletes from football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, track, and lacrosse will be conducting the 16th Annual NativeVision Sports and Life Skills Camp June 7-9 in Tuba City, Ariz. at Tuba City High School. The camp is part of a national program devoted to promoting healthy lifestyles for Native youth and will host up to 1,000 children from as many as 30 tribes. The event will include athletic clinics, community feasts, cultural celebrations, life skills workshops, parent workshops, and an all-star basketball game.
NativeVision is a fast-growing national youth development program for Native American children founded in 1997 at the President's Summit for America's Youth by the Center for American Indian Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the Nick Lowery Charitable Foundation.
The organizations have hosted 14 annual summer camps, and now run three year-round after school NativeVision programs in reservation communities in Arizona, New Mexico and New York, with the goal of expanding to 10 new after school sites in the next three years. More than 15,000 Native youngsters have been served to date.
Johns Hopkins has a 30-year history of working with tribes to overcome the major health disparities affecting Native American children and families. Preventing obesity and diabetes is a key goal of the NativeVision program, as Native American youth suffer the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group in the country. The mission of the NFLPA is to build better communities through the power of sports by applying strategic resources, with emphases on youth development, civic leadership, education and healthy lifestyles.
NativeVision's annual summer camp provides an opportunity to celebrate all that is positive in the present and future of Native youth. This year there will be six different sports clinics that children can choose: basketball, football, soccer, crosscountry, lacrosse and volleyball. The professional athletes who conduct the NativeVision sports clinics intersperse their athletic teachings with breakout sessions that promote empowerment, discipline, teamwork and the pursuit of education.
Meanwhile, members of the tribe are currently involved in planning events and feasts to be held at the camp that will promote cultural pride and traditional strengths for the youth who attend. All food, activities and workshops at the NativeVision camp are free of charge.
For more information about how to register your child for the NativeVision camp or to volunteer for camp activities, please contact Tamara Talaswaima, Lena Clitso or Kathy Charley at (928) 283-8221. Visit their website to see photos and stories at http://www.nativevision.org.