The Center for Native American Youth Announces Grant and Partnership with Nike N7

The Center for Native American Youth is pleased to announce a $40,000 grant from Nike’s N7 fund. The funding was presented by Sam McCracken, General Manager of Nike’s N7 Programs and Chairman of the N7 Fund, to former US Senator Dorgan, founder and chairman, and Erin Bailey, director from the Center. The N7 Fund is dedicated to helping unleash the potential of Native American and Aboriginal youth through sport, and has raised more than $2 million to support Native American and Aboriginal sports and physical activity programs for youth. The N7 funding received by the Center will support its ongoing effort to build a policy and resource platform aimed at improving the lives of the 2.1 million American Indian and Alaska Native youth across the country, including addressing suicide prevention and health promotion.   

Nike N7 held a private reception at Nike Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2013 to celebrate and honor the Center’s work, announce the partnership, and present Senator Dorgan and Erin Bailey, Center’s director with the $40,000 check. Over 100 partners and supporters of Nike, the N7 Fund and the Center attended the reception, including staff from federal agencies and national tribal organizations, Native students in Washington, D.C., and distinguished guests.

“I admire Sam McCracken’s leadership and passion for making a difference in the lives of Indian children through sport. We are excited about this partnership and the support for our continued work with Native youth,” said former US Senator Byron Dorgan, founder and chairman of the Center for Native American Youth.    

Sam McCracken remarked, “I am proud to be a member of the Center’s board of advisors and part of these national efforts to make Native American youth a priority. Nike N7 and the N7 Fund are committed to helping Native youth reach their potential through sport, and the partnership with the N7 Fund and Senator Dorgan’s Center is an important step to collaborate and strengthen the impact we can have on the health of the next generation.”  

Last week, Erin Bailey, the Center for Native American Youth’s director, presented several sessions at the N7 Sport Summit in Oregon at the Nike World Headquarters April 18-20, 2013. The N7 Sport Summit brought more than 350 Native American and Aboriginal youth recreation leaders together to learn best practices and plan for the future with leaders in business, government, sports and philanthropy.

“Sam McCracken is an inspirational leader for youth and all of us working in Indian Country. He has built an incredible movement – Nike’s N7 programs and the N7 Fund – that means a great deal to so many Native youth,” commented director Erin Bailey. “Our partnership with Sam, the N7 Fund, and Nike’s N7 Programs is invaluable in creating excitement about our work and furthering the Center’s outreach efforts in Indian Country.” 

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