NYO offers communities more than just sport

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - This Thursday athletes statewide will travel to Anchorage for the Native Youth Olympics. The Native games provide a link between modern-day athletes and their cultural traditions. Each event is rooted in traditional activities of survival and hunting.

For some, NYO is the only chance in their community to participate in an organized sport.

“With our dwindling population this about the only travel they get,” said Ali Dale, McGrath’s Junior NYO coach. “This is the only real sport left.”

In the early 2000s Dale says McGrath lost its high school basketball program, and has had few youth sports since. Dale said she feels the benefits of NYO are very important for the youth in the McGrath community.

"It builds self-esteem, then they get to meet all the other kids,” said Dale. “This is really important to the community.”

For a complete schedule of the 2019 NYO events click here.

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