21st Annual NativeVision Sports and Life Skills Camp
The 21st Annual NativeVision camp was held in Whiteriver, AZ on June 15-17, 2017, hosted by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. We are pleased to report that the camp served 600 youth ages 7-18 representing a dozen tribes across the Southwest, coached by 50 professional and collegiate athlete/mentors from across the country. Approximately 400 community members from the host tribe took part in camp activities, including a community feast, cultural celebrations, parenting workshops and opening and closing ceremonies.
The camp offered six sports clinics, in football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and lacrosse. In addition, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health organized a variety of life skill workshops for the youth, including several sessions promoting youth entrepreneurship skills. NativeVision 2017 also included a special session for girls on leadership and empowerment run by Women Win, which delivers workshops all around the world in underserved and refugee communities to build resilience and leadership among girls and young women. And, the White Mountain Apache Tribe organized cultural events to promote Native American pride and share their traditions, including dance, craft making and rodeo activities that were enjoyed by all.
As always, NativeVision awarded $5,000 scholarships to two Native students entering college in the fall. The winners were Tyra Gloshay from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, who will attend Arizona State University, and Shelby Snyder from the Navajo Nation, who will be going to Dartmouth College.
We are already looking forward to NativeVision 2018. Stay tuned for more information.
Thank you to the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Alchesay High School and Whiteriver Elementary School for being gracious hosts!
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 the time, talent and energy he has given to the Center and the NativeVision Program.
NativeVision National Office
Photos on the NativeVision website