Project: 2017 NYO Games Alaska
Grantee: Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Photos by: CITC
NYO Games celebrates the rich tradition of Alaska Native people, while providing a forum for our youth to achieve their personal best through healthy athletic competition. NYO Games are comprised of 10 Native games events that are based on skills and values needed to survive Alaska’s harsh environment.
NYO is a year-round program that instills important values including teamwork, leadership, and respect. A survey completed by more than 400 student athletes emphasized NYO’s important impact, with 77% responding that participation in NYO was a factor in staying in school and/or keeping their grades up, and nearly 66% indicating improved self-confidence. 88% participants responded that they saw themselves as a role-model to other youth through their participation in the Games, and many cited healthy behavioral modifications, including reduction of tobacco and alcohol use.
CITC is extremely proud to host NYO Games Alaska, working with communities throughout the state, and local and national partners, as we have done for 47 years. Hosting NYO Games Alaska itself is a team effort and we are grateful for The CIRI Foundation’s loyal commitment in supporting the NYO program.
Photos provided by CITC
Learn more at: http://citci.org/partnerships-events/nyo-games/