Tribal Adaptive Organization
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives and Tribal Adaptive Organization, two non-profits that have long partnered to promote health and wellness among young Native Americans, announce a new scholarship award and the names of the inaugural award winners.
The Tribal Adaptive Student-Athlete of the Year Award recognizes a top male and a top female student-athlete with a physical disability. The young people selected for the inaugural 2021 awards will each receive a $1,500.00 scholarship from Tribal Adaptive, made possible by financial support from Eve’s Fund. A virtual award ceremony will be streamed live on Thursday, November 4 at 6 p.m. Central Time, and may be viewed on the Tribal Adaptive Organization’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/disablednativeoutreachprogram/.
The awards recognize the students’ hard work and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to achieve their potential, both as athletes and students, redefining the possibilities for individuals with physical disabilities. They were selected for their success in the classroom and in the competitive arena as well as their future potential. These young people are inspiring examples for others to follow and they will be considered ambassadors for the Missions of Tribal Adaptive Organization and Eve’s Fund in Indian Country and wherever their futures take them.
The inaugural Tribal Adaptive female student-athlete honoree is Alicia Guerrero, a member of the Tolowa Dee-ni' and the Yakama nations. She is a 2021 graduate of Wapata High School in Wapata, Washington State, where she was a state track and field champion and a top student. Now a college freshman, Alicia attends the University of Illinois on a wheelchair basketball scholarship. At the age of two, Alicia lost her left leg in a lawn mowing accident. Growing up, she was inspired by the prosthetists who made her artificial legs and she decided she wanted to enter the field, so chose to major in Biology at the University of Illinois.
Caiden Baxter, a member of the Pokagan band of Potowatomi tribe, is the inaugural male Tribal Adaptive Student-Athlete Scholarship awardee. A native of Niles, Michigan, Caiden suffered a spinal cord injury at age 15, in an ATV crash, leaving him with partial paralysis from the waist down. An honors student before and after his injury, he graduated from Niles High School and the Berrien RESA Mathematics & Science Center (Berrien Springs, MI), which serves the area’s highest potential high school students. With 68 college credit hours already earned, Caiden was accepted to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with a HAIL Scholarship (High Achieving Involved Leader). Now a junior at Michigan, Caiden majors in Computer Science and is a member of the school’s wheelchair tennis team.
About Tribal Adaptive
The Tribal Adaptive organization is a 501©(3) founded in 2015 by then 16 year old Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss. Its Mission is to use sports as a tool to improve the health and Wellness of Native Americans with physical disabilities. For more information, go to https://tribaladaptive.com
About Eve’s Fund
Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives is a community-based non-profit 501©(3) organization that promotes hope and wellness for Native American youth. The late Robert M. Crowell, MD and Barbara Crowell Roy founded Eve’s Fund in 2005 in memory of their daughter, Eve Erin Crowell. Since that time, the organization has developed strong community partnerships and created literacy, injury prevention and education programs impacting over 60,000 Native children and young adults. The organization operates ThinkFirst Navajo, one of 160 ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation chapters in the U.S., and the only one serving a federally recognized Indian Reservation. For more information, go to https://evesfund.org.