It's finally here. On Wednesday, August 31, Notah Begay's 4th Annual NB3 Foundation takes place at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club near Verona, New York. The event is part of Mr. Begay's quest to reduce the rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in Indian Country.
Proceeds from the tournament go directly to support the NB3 Foundation's efforts to build a "evidence-based sports, health, wellness and leadership development program that can be replicated in Indian Country," states an NB3 press release. The partnership between the foundation and the Oneida Indian Nation, as well as the support from the ranks of the professional golfers who have come out to the tournament to draw attention to the foundation, have helped raise more than $2.4 million to support the foundation’s mission.
This year's field includes such PGA Tour stars as Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan. There are LPGA Tour stars such as Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis will be playing as well.
According to the NB3 Foundation press release, out of 71,000 Sports and Recreation organization in the US, the NB3 Foundation is the only non-profit organization in the country that works to prevent type 2 diabetes in American India youth through sports. It’s soccer, golf, and health and leadership programs served 3,935 Native American youth in New Mexico, South Dakota, New York and California. The NB3 Foundation also awarded grants to help 14 different Native American communities in 9 different states including Alaska, to implement community based programs and support the creation of recreational facilities to fight childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.