For thousands of years and countless generations, survival for Alaska Native people depended on individual strength, skill and knowledge, and on the ability to work together toward common goals. Traditional athletic contests and games helped develop these and other skills critical to everyday life in the challenging Alaska environment.
Each year, students from more than 50 communities across Alaska participate in the Native Youth Olympics (NYO) Games Alaska. NYO is open to youth from all backgrounds, and promotes important values such as teamwork, leadership, respect and healthy lifestyles. Student athletes in grades 7-12 strive for their personal best while competing in traditional athletic contests including the Alaskan High Kick, Seal Hop, One-Hand Reach, Eskimo Stick Pull, One-Foot High Kick and many more.
Please join us as we celebrate these traditional games by supporting our youth as they compete in this year’s 2013 NYO Games scheduled for April 25 – 27 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Admission is free.
To learn more about NYO Games Alaska, including a complete schedule of events and volunteer opportunities, visit Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s web page at citci.org.