On May 17, Noah Hotchkiss from the 2016 class of Champions for Change joined a panel discussion at the Project Play Summit in Washington, DC. The summit brought together 450 leaders, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to share learnings and discover opportunities for building healthy communities through sport.
Noah was invited by the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute to provide his perspective on access to sport as a young Native American leader. Noah also discussed his efforts to break down barriers for Native Americans with disabilities.
In 2009, Noah was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With support from family and friends, Noah discovered adaptive sports – like wheelchair basketball, mono skiing, and kayaking among other activities – to help him regain independence and an active lifestyle. Two years ago, Noah created Tribal Adaptive Organization to engage other Native Americans with disabilities and promote access to adaptive sports in Indian Country.
CNAY is proud of Noah’s contributions to the dialogue at the Project Play Summit. Contact CNAY to learn more about Noah’s important work.