The NABI Foundation has received its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and the foundation has officially been launched.
What does this all mean? The NABI Foundation, funded through a generous donation from Ak-Chin Indian Community, will now organize the events that were once under Pod Productions, creators of the NABI tournaments, along with creating and implementing new ones.
The NABI Foundation, governed by President Tex G. Hall, Vice President Ernie Stevens Jr. and a dedicated board of directors, including NABI Co-founder Mark West, is committed to bringing quality programs to Native American youth.
The foundation’s new website – www.nabifoundation.org – has been launched; be sure to visit and see all the programs and events the foundation has planned, including:
February 2011 – NABI “Goes Primal” Youth Physical Education Program
This exciting program, in partnership with AMENZONE, brings a basic exercise program that utilizes outdoor and natural surroundings to encourage youth to adopt the importance of constant movement to stay active and healthy, with the hopes of combating childhood obesity and diabetes. This program will be part of the NABI Foundations mission to bring “free” programs to Native lands for youth ages 8-14.
March 2011 – NABI Night with the Phoenix Coyotes
This award program is designed for youth who participate in the “Youth Physical Education Program.” The NABI Foundation will host the youth to a Phoenix Coyotes game, which includes an opportunity for all the kids to go on the ice and shoot a puck into the net.
July 5 – 9, 2011 – NABI Basketball
The 9th Annual Native American Basketball Invitational, in partnership with the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury and presented by Nike, N7, Ak-Chin Indian Community and Grand Canyon University, will once again take place in Phoenix; attracting teams from reservations all over the U.S. and Canada, for ages 13-19.
This year, to serve more youth, NABI will not be seeking NCAA certification and will be adding “Gold & Silver” divisions. This new format will allow more teams to compete, as well as add more games. Both the “Gold & Silver” division championship games will be played at the U.S. Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. Team fees have also been reduced to only $500 per team. Team fees include entry fee and team uniforms.
July 2011 – NABI Baseball
The 4th Annual Native American Baseball & Softball Invitational, in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is coming back in July. This event takes place during the Arizona Diamondbacks Native American Recognition Game week, with all teams getting an opportunity to participate in the “parade of teams” as part of the opening ceremonies before the Diamondbacks game and receive a free ticket to the game.
November 2011 – NABI “Chasing the Sun” 10k & Health Fair
The 3rd Annual Chasing the Sun 10K & Health Fair, presented by Nike N7, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Grand Canyon University and MERCK will once again attract runners from all over. This Native-themed community event is created to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Proceeds from the 10K benefit the NABI Foundation Scholarship Fund. Event opened to the general public.
November 2011 – NABI “Chasing the Sun” Pow Wow & Indian Market
The 3rd Annual Chasing the Sun Pow Wow & Indian Market, in partnership with Ak-Chin Indian Community and Arizona Native Scene, presented by Grand Canyon University will take place in conjunction with the “Chasing the Sun” 10K and Health Fair. It will consist of a pow wow that celebrates Native American music, dance and culture. The Indian Market will host Native American arts and crafts, music and food vendors. This is a free event open to the general public.