2016 N7 Sport Summit
“Move Your Generation”
September 8th-10th, 2016
Nike World Headquarters
“We must remember where we came from and what our ancestors have taught us.” – Charles Tailfeathers, Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder
NATIVE CULTURE & TABOO: Our 4th Annual Nike N7 Sport Summit was infused with Native American and Aboriginal culture and wellness messages. A welcome reception kicked-off the 2-day Summit on Thursday evening with traditional songs and dances performed by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Canoe Family. 45 Grand Ronde tribal members, Grand Ronde elder, Kathryn Harrison, traveled to the Nike World Headquarters to help us welcome the 200+ community leaders, youth and ambassadors to their traditional territory. Tribal youth were the focal point of the Canoe Family performance and the history and meaning of their songs and dances were explained.
Taboo, Black Eyed Pea band member, and our newest N7 Ambassador ended the evening with an energetic performance that had the crowd on their feet dancing. Not only did he share his musical talents that evening, he shared his personal commitment to bettering the lives of Native and Aboriginal Youth. DJ, EmceeOne, joined Taboo for the evening, adding his musical talent to the performance.
OPENING BLENDS SPORT WITH CULTURE: September 9th, the first day of our N7 Sport Summit, opened with a prayer by Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder, Charles Tail Feathers, followed by an honor song by Ojibwe tribal member, Mike Thunder. All community, social and ceremonial tribal gatherings are opened with a prayer and song and it was no different here at Nike WHQ. Native Wellness Institute (NWI) Board member and trainer, Robert Johnston, was the emcee that shared the messaging of Nike N7 and invited our guest from the First Lady of the United States’ (FLOTUS) office to introduce a special video message from Michelle Obama. We have partnered with FLOTUS’ Let’s Move! in Indian Country over the past 3 years to highlight the work of moving more Native American children and youth. Nike’s Global Community Impact VP, Jorge Casimiro took stage following the FLOTUS video message to share the great work of Global Community Impact and Nike N7. Included in Jorge’s time on stage was an informational Q&A with Nike N7’s General Manager, Sam McCracken.
INSPIRATION THROUGH AMBASSADORS: To round out the opening, Nike N7 Ambassadors, Lyle, Miles & Haina Thompson joined Jude Schimmel and Spencer O’Brien on the stage for a dynamic panel moderated by N7 Champion, Charlie Galbraith. The athletes shared their personal connection to sport and the impact it has had on their lives.
GRANTEE HIGHLIGHT AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: This year’s Sport Summit had four break-out sessions for the attendees. The N7 Fund grantees highlight included, InterTribal Sports, the Notah Begay III Foundation and British Columbia’s Partner’s Council. The other three workshops focused on grant-making, coaching and capacity building/partnerships.
NIKE COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR & TRIBAL YOUTH: Other highlights from our 2-day N7 Sport Summit included the introduction of Nike Community Ambassador program, a continual message of healing and wellness, traditional games and youth participation throughout the Summit. World Fit for Kids! delivered the 3-hour training session on the Ronaldo fields with 150 of 220 attendees actively participating. They also received the Nike Community Ambassador booklet in their registration packet. The Native Wellness Institute (NWI) trainers shared traditional games on day two. One of the games NWI shared was “Double Ball,” a stick game that includes playing together as a team to score goals. An element that we added to the overall Summit included youth voices and their presence throughout the 2 day Summit. Each day ended with youth sharing how sport and physical activity has impacted their own lives. We also included an additional panel with six Native and Aboriginal youth sharing stories about how sport has impacted their lives, their Summit experience and messages for the adult participants. The closing ceremony included an honoring of all our youth participants.
The N7 Fund is proud to announce the 2015 round of grant recipients as well as the fourth N7 Sport Summit, scheduled for September 9-10, 2016.
Each of the grant recipients is dedicated to improving health and social disparities in tribal communities, with this cycle including: the New Mexico-based Notah Begay III Foundation, Ontario’s Motivate Canada, British Columbia’s Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, and Santa Fe-based Wings of America.
Earlier this month Nike N7 GM and N7 Fund Chairman Sam McCracken accepted a $20,000 donation from Delta and the Port of Portland. As a longtime supporter of Nike and many of our community efforts, Delta and Port of Portland were excited to learn about the work of Nike N7 and the N7 Fund to bring sport and all of its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities across North America. N7 is Nike’s commitment and mission to inspire and enable 2 million Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America to participate in sport and physical activity through community programs, the N7 collection and support of the N7 Fund. The N7 philosophy embraces the Native philosophy: “In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” To date, the N7 Fund has raised more than $4 million for organizations that provide sport and physical activity programs to Native youth.
Pictured left to right in the photo, courtesy of Delta: Roger Harvey – VP, Operations for Delta; Brad Johnson – VP Merchandising NA for Nike; Sam McCracken – General Manager Nike N7; Bob Somers- Senior VP Global Sales Delta; Ted Cullen – Nike Director of Global Travel and Events; Anna Samogray – Global Sales Delta.