N7 Fund Awards recognize indigenous sports organizations

BEAVERTON, ORE. — At the beginning of this month, Nike announced the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike N7 Fund.

As part of the 2017-2018 N7 Fund grant cycle, Nike is awarding grants to 20 organizations serving Native American and Aboriginal youth across North America. Through this grant cycle, the N7 Fund awarded 15 “Grassroots” grant recipients with a total of $250,000, which included one year project grants for tribal organizations and communities that manage sport and physical activity programs. The fund also provided second-year funding to five “Build the Field” grantees, which are multi-year grants of $50,000 each, for capacity building within Native American non-profit organizations, for a total of $150,000 over three years.

The N7 Fund is Nike’s longtime commitment to bring sport and all its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America, with a focus on youth. The N7 Collection supports the N7 Fund to help organizations provide sport and physical activity programming to Native American and Aboriginal communities as a part of Made to Play, Nike’s commitment to getting kids around the world moving so that they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives. Since 2009, the N7 Fund has awarded $5.6 million in grants to 243 communities and organizations across the U.S. and Canada, reaching more than 420,000 youth. The N7 Fund is administered with the support of the Charities Aid Foundation of America (CAF America).

“At Nike, we believe kids aren’t meant to sit still, they’re made to play. The N7 Fund focuses on helping  Native American and Aboriginal youth get active so they can reach their greatest potential,” said Jorge Casimiro, Nike Vice President of Global Community Impact. “It’s an honor to support organizations that are committed to improving their communities, addressing some of the greatest challenges that these young people face, such as diabetes, obesity, suicide and low graduation rates. By harnessing the power of sport as a unifying force, we believe Native and Aboriginal youth can unleash the power of their generation.”

Today, the Nike N7 Fund is awarding grants to the Native American and indigenous youth organizations that are harnessing the power of sport to inspire the next generation. From the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project in Zuni, New Mexico, to the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council in British Columbia, each of these organizations are committed to providing opportunities for youth to play, get active and become forces for positive change within their communities for generations to come.

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