Presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday November 28, 2018
CONTACT: GinaMarie Scarpa 480-446-7052 Ext. 104
PHOENIX BASED NABI FOUNDATION TO BE FEATURED IN RELIGION OF SPORTS DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Produced by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and awarding-winning Director Gotham Chopra
PHOENIX – The NABI Foundation whose mission is for the advancement of Native American Youth will be featured in the 3rd season of Religion of Sports. The episode WE ARE THE PEOPLE will air on December 5th 8pm ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network DIRECTV ch. 239 and AT&T U-verse ch. 1114.
Update: To watch episode online please log on to: https://vimeo.com/299329570 PW:ROS3
Filming for the episode took place during this past summer’s Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) which featured 128 teams (from grades 10-12), comprised of athletes representing over 300+ tribes from North America, Canada and New Zealand. Religion of Sports film crews followed one of the teams from Alaska on their journey to NABI and continued to follow the tournament and teams in their quest to win the prestigious NABI Championship trophy, and more importantly learn about the many higher educational opportunities the NABI Foundation provides. “This is a great opportunity for our Native youth to be highlighted and for the public to learn more about their talents, accomplishments and the struggles that plague them and their communities. We are hoping it will urge people to get more involved in NABI’s mission so we can continue to provide much needed programs and services to all our Native youth” says GinaMarie Scarpa President & CEO NABI Foundation.
Every year the conclusion and highlight of the tournament is when the final four teams take to the floor on the Phoenix Suns/Phoenix Mercury court and step where NBA and WNBA superstars play to win the NABI Championship. The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Talking Stick Resort Arena have been involved with the NABI Foundation since NABI’s inception in 2003 and continues to be instrumental in supporting our Native youth and communities.
NABI continues to be the largest premier basketball tournament showcasing Native American and indigenous youth in North America and the first to become certified by the NCAA.
In 2019; the NABI Foundation will host their first NABI Educational Youth Summit in conjunction with the NABI tournament scheduled for June 23-29. The summit will expand on the educational components of the NABI tournament to include: College & Career Fair, Educational Seminars, Workshops, Motivational Speakers, Prevention Education and will award over $20,000 in college scholarships.
For more information about the NABI Foundation, how to donate and/or become a sponsor visit www.NABIFoundation.org.
Other NABI Foundation sponsors include: Seminole Tribe of Florida, Gila River Indian Community, Steward Health Care, Universal Insurance Programs, San Lucy District Tohono O'odham Nation, Tohono O’dham Nation, Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, National Indian Gaming Association, City of Maricopa, Avanti Industries LLC, Levy and IGT.