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The 2016 NativeVision Camp will be held in Oklahoma City, OK
in June, 2016.  More details will follow.



2015 Camp Details

The 19th Annual NativeVision Sports and Life Skills camp was held in Shiprock, NM at Shiprock High School from June 9-11, 2015.  The camp was hosted by the Navajo Tribe. More than 600 youth from 15 tribes, 60 professional and collegiate athletes and coaches and hundreds of Native community members attended—free of charge.  Approximately 1000 community members from the host tribe took part in camp activities.

At the camp professional volunteer athletes conducted sports clinics in football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball and track.  The athlete-mentors also participated in break-out sessions that promoted self-esteem, discipline, teamwork and the importance of completing one’s education.  In addition, Johns Hopkins coordinated workshops to promote youth expression.  These included:

  • Leadership workshops in which professional athlete mentors teamed up with tribal role models to lead groups of middle and high-school-aged youth through activities that highlighted “Stride, Soar and Succeed” (the Camp 2015 motto).  They explored this theme as individuals, as community members, and as the future leaders of Native America and beyond.
  • Entrepreneurship workshops in which middle and high school age designed innovative logos and brands to promote fitness and healthy nutrition in their communities
  • Art and nutrition workshops in which campers designed their own dinner plates that promoted healthy diets.
  • Acting Workshop for 10 local students from Shiprock, NM who wrote and acted in a series of skits called “The Navajo News” that was led by actor Vaz Santosham.
  • A community workshop in which parents, chaperones and community members focused on nutrition, tradition and financial literacy guided by local Navajo community members.

The Navajo Tribe organized cultural events and community feasts to promote Native pride and traditional strengths for camp participants. More than 200 local volunteers assisted with the efforts.  In addition, NativeVision awarded two $5000 scholarships to Native students entering college.  Scholarship recipients were selected through a competitive narrative application and review process administered by the Center. 

We will be forever grateful to the people of the Navajo Tribe and Shiprock High School for being gracious hosts. 

Blog from Michelle Obama's Let's Move Initiative (2011)

Lax Her Essentials Article: 2011 Native Vision-
An Interview with Joanna Lignelli

We are grateful for our friendship with photographer Ed Cunicelli for many years. Ed has selflessly donated his time to attending camps and taking photographs for the Center for nearly a decade. We will always be grateful for all of his time, talent and energy he has given to the Center and the NativeVision Program.

2015 Camp Photos (available through Facebook)
2014 Camp Photos (available through Facebook)
2013 Camp Photos (available through Facebook)
2012 Camp Photos (available through Facebook)
2011 Camp Photos (available through Facebook)
2010 Camp Photos
2009 Camp Photos

football2.jpgallsportsshot11.jpgContact Information

NativeVision National Office
Marlena Hammen, NV Coordinator
415 N. Washington St., 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21231
phone (410) 955-6931

Photos on the NativeVision website
courtesy of 
Ed Cunicelli .
ed cunicelli/photographer inc.
p.o. box 86, glen mills, pa 19342


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