Last year, we covered the Jim Thorpe Native All-Star Football game played in Texas. Roughly 60 high school players from more than a dozen tribes traveled to the University of North Texas near Dallas to compete.
At the time, it was a new charity called Native Revision that was running the event for the first time. Steve Cardwell, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and his volunteers wanted to make the game into a major national event, the crowing achievement of Native players’ high school careers.
Now in their second year, Native Re-Vision is hoping this year's Native All-Star Game is even bigger, and applications are now being accepted for eligible high school graduate football players looking to compete.
The application deadline is set for June 15, 2012. To be eligible, an athlete has to be a high school graduate by the end of june. Applications are to help determine whether the applicant is eligible to play on the Red Team or Blue Team.
For more information, visit the Native All-Star website here.
The application link is here.
Native Re-vison, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is based out of Dallas, Texas. Their aim is to "support and guide American Indian student athletes to identify unique talents, set goals and achieve their dreams." Along with the All-Star game, their national events include a Native 5K Track Meet & Run, the Striking Eagle Leadership camp, an Educational & Health Expo, golf fund raising events and a coaches clinic. They focus on getting, and keeping, Native youth active, promoting mental and physical health.
If you're a football player, and you're graduating this year, the Native All-Star game might just be for you.
To see our article about last year's Native All-Star game, click here.