2016 NYO Games to Showcase Cultural Diversity, Teamwork, Respect
Makiyan Ivanof of Unalakleet peforms the one-foot high kick during the 2015 NYO Games at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. The games draw thousands of athletes, coaches, spectators, and volunteers from more than 100 communities across the state to celebrate the spirit of teamwork, sportsmanship, and achieving one's individual best.
Photo by Wayde Carroll
More than 500 student athletes will gather April 21–23 at the Alaska Airlines Center for the 46th Annual NYO Games Alaska. Athletes and teams in grades 7-12 from schools throughout the state will demonstrate their strength, agility and skill in traditional Alaska Native contests, including the One-foot High Kick, Wrist Carry and Seal Hop, among others. NYO celebrates Alaska’s rich diversity and is open to students of all cultures.
The Games foster values like teamwork, leadership and cross-cultural respect and test endurance by requiring balance of mind and body. NYO’s 10 competitive events are influenced by the skills and abilities originally involved with subsistence activities passed along for generations.
“NYO Games showcases amazing athletic abilities while emphasizing traditional values like cooperation, interdependence and hard work—values rooted in the history of these Games,” said Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council. “NYO athletes carry these values forward and share them across cultures in an atmosphere that’s both highly competitive and highly collaborative.”
Event highlights include Opening Ceremonies, the 6th Annual Pilot Bread Recipe Contest and the 2016 Opportunities Expo featuring resources to help prepare young athletes for future success, including a Job Fair on Friday, April 22. Event results will be available daily through citci.org, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s social media sites.
Visit http://citci.org/event-programs/nyo-games/ for additional information.
Who: More than 500 athletes from over 100 communities throughout Alaska
Kickoff: Opening Ceremonies begin Thursday, April 21, at 1 p.m., and include the Grand Entry of Teams, National Anthem, Kingikmiut Dancers and guest speakers
Where: Alaska Airlines Center, UAA campus, 3550 Providence Dr., Anchorage
When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 21–23