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Traditional Games Test Skill and Endurance, Promote Cross-Cultural Respect


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The Alaskan High Kick is one of 10 traditional Alaska Native contests that make up the senior NYO Games. Traditionally performed indoors during winter months, the Alaskan High Kick was used to develop coordination, upper body strength and concentration.

Beginning Thursday, more than 400 student athletes from communities across Alaska will gather at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage for the 48th Annual NYO Games. The 2018 Games will run April 26–28, as athletes demonstrate their strength, agility and skill in traditional Alaska Native contests, such as the Alaskan High Kick, Wrist Carry and Seal Hop, among others.

Hosted by Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), NYO celebrates Alaska’s rich diversity and is open to students of all cultures. The Games foster values such as 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.

“The NYO Games showcase 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 CITC. “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 the Opening Ceremonies, the annual Pilot Bread Recipe Contest and the 2018 Opportunities Expo. Individual results for the 2018 Games will be available daily through CITC’s website and social media sites.

Visit citci.org/nyo-games for additional information.

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