In November of 2016, a movement took place. More than 10,000 young people from 110 tribes and Native American communities participated in a group exercise for one hour on one day. This “appeal” was created by NB3F, an organization founded by golf broadcaster and the first Native American four-time winner of the PGA Tour, Notah Begay III. NB3F’s focus is to reverse the epidemic of type 2 diabetes facing children in Indian country and that 50% of Native youth are facing a life of obesity and unfulfilled years fighting health problems. Creating NB3FIT Week during Native American Heritage Month is one of many steps in changing these statistics.
This year, NB3F expanded option to have the event any day during the week of November 5 – 11, allowing participating organizations scheduling flexibility. According to the organizers, they had several locations that hosted events each day of the week!
According to Justin Kii Huenemann, President and CEO of the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3 Foundation) early data shows that:
- 91 Native American communities participated in NB3FIT Week
- 20 states across the country were represented
- Over 100 events were scheduled
The stats above don’t include the Kid’s Quest locations that participated. According to Ann Zenor, Senior Creative and New Business Development Strategist, “NB3 Fit Week was celebrated at all Kids Quest locations from Connecticut to California! To support the NB3 initiatives, we asked all center Play Pros to come up with fun games that would keep the children moving! During that week, we kept the kids busy with physical challenges. Activities ranged from pick-up basketball games and obstacle courses in the gym to timed races through our Quest play pieces and sessions of some serious climbing on our rock walls! To incentivize our Native families, children received their play time at Kids Quest for 50% off the hourly rate at all Tribal properties.”
Here in Raving’s Northern Nevada backyard the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe organized a one-mile run/walk for all of the students at the Natchez Elementary School in Wadsworth, NV (Gency and Deana may have cheated a little, so they didn’t end up last). Nearly 200 kids got outside to run amongst their classmates and cheer along their friends. The University of Nevada Reno, Native American Alumni Chapter organized a Basketball Clinic, conducted by the University of Nevada Basketball team at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Gymnasium. A special appearance was made by Wolfpack Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman. The Raving team cheered on from the bleachers. See Raving’s pictures of these events below.
This year Raving, friends and partners donated $15,000 to the event as the Diamond Sponsor. Very special thanks to Catalyst Marketing Company; Encompass Develop, Design, & Construct LLC; MM/R/C; mark-it Smart, Inc.; Finley & Cook; Blue Lake Casino & Hotel; and Raving Consulting Company for supporting this very important cause.
To get the breadth of the organizations that participated and their activities, please visit the NB3Fit Week page http://www.nb3foundation.org/nb3fit-week/
To find out how you can participate in NB3Fit Week in 2018, or support the NB3 Foundation, contact Justin Kii Huenemann at 505-867-0775 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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