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2014 NYO Games to Showcase Cultural Diversity, Teamwork, Respect

Stuart Towarak of Unalakleet, a Senior, performs the One-Foot High Kick in his final competition as an NYO athlete during the 2013 NYO Games at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Stuart tied the world record with a kick of 114 inches.

Stuart Towarak of Unalakleet, a Senior, performs the One-Foot High Kick in his final competition as an NYO athlete during the 2013 NYO Games at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Stuart tied the world record with a kick of 114 inches.

Photo By Wayde Carroll

More than 500 student athletes will gather April 24–26 at the Dena’ina Center for the 44th 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 backgrounds. The Games foster values like teamwork, leadership and cross-cultural respect. A test of endurance requiring balance of mind and body, NYO’s 10 competitive events are influenced by the skills and abilities originally involved with subsistence activities that have been passed along for generations.

Event highlights include Opening Ceremonies, 4th Annual Pilot Bread Recipe Contest and the 2014 Opportunities Expo featuring resources to help prepare young athletes for future success. This year will include a special community engagement event celebrating 30 years of CITC’s impact in our community on Saturday, April 26, Noon–1 p.m.

Event results will be available daily through citci.org, and Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s social media sites. The updated NYO Games Alaska app is also available for free download from your app store. The app offers important event information and history, interactive opportunities and much more.

Visit http://citci.org/event-programs/nyo-games/ for additional information.

Who:                 More than 500 athletes from schools throughout Alaska

What:               44th Annual NYO Games Alaska featuring 10 competitive activities, a variety of cultural events, the Pilot Bread recipe contest and CITC community engagement event – Celebrating 30 Years of Impact, Saturday, April 26, Noon–1 p.m.

Kickoff:            Opening Ceremonies begin Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m., and include the Grand Entry of Teams, National Anthem, and guest speakers Mayor Dan Sullivan, Alaska Army National Guard Commander Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Don and major event sponsors

Where:            Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center

When:              Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24–April 26.

Admission:     FREE

Follow the event: streamed live at bssd.org

Social media: Facebook - NYO Games Alaska; Twitter - @CITCAlaska; #NYOGames

2014 NYO Handbook: http://bit.ly/1meFiXv
2014 Access 360 Games Guide:
http://citci.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/2014-ACCESS360.pdf

2013 Official Results: http://citci.org/2013-official-results/
Why NYO Matters: http://citci.org/event-programs/nyo-games/nyo-impact/

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