FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) welcomes Billy Mills, member of the Oglala-Lakota Sioux Nation and 1964 U.S. Olympian Gold medalist in the 10,000 meters event in Tokyo, Japan, to Flagstaff April 22.
The NACA Pathways Youth program, along with the Working in Support of Elders Project, Northern Arizona University's Center for American Indian Resilience, Flagstaff Unified School Districts - Indian Education Support Services, Team Run Flagstaff and Little American have teamed up to host Mills in Flagstaff at Sinauga Middle School April 22 in the main auditorium..
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Mills' presentation will start at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public - no tickets needed - but when the venue reaches capacity, no one else will be admitted. The evening will include a private meet and greet with youth from Team Run Flagstaff before the presentation.
Mills will speak as part of "Resilience and Culture Through Sport" at Northern Arizona University (NAU) Cultural Center April 23. The Center for American Indian Resilience is paying for the event. The event also includes various athletic clinics and workshops.
"We are honored and excited to have Mr. Mills here in Flagstaff for a visit and to share his story and message with the Flagstaff community," said Pathways Youth Coordinator Aaron Secakuku. "His story of overcoming many obstacles and barriers from birth to today are very inspirational and motivating. Our hope is that individuals that have the opportunity to hear Billy's story will use it as a stepping block to help them achieve their personal goals and aspirations in life."
The purpose of Resilience and Culture Through Sport Day is to provide Native American youth the opportunity to participate in sport as a cultural strength and engage with Native American collegiate athletes, coaches and students. The participants will end the day by attending the NAU spring football game. This event is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Registration is highly recommended. More information is available by contacting Alisse.Ali-Joseph@nau.edu.
The event will have a number of resource booths for attendees to browse through and refreshments will be served following the event.
More information or to volunteer for this event is available by contacting Aaron Secakuku at (928) 526-2968 or at Asecakuku@nacainc.org.