kids_photoThe Gift of Soccer was pleased to donate dozens of cleats to support the Notah Begay Foundation.  Shannon Adragna, the Soccer Program Manager said the cleats are a welcome addition to the other equipment and really helps to keeps kids engaged and coming back to participate in the programs.

Notah Begay III Foundation ( NB3F)

Notah Begay III, a 4-time winner on the PGA TOUR and only full-blooded Native American golfer, started the foundation to address the negative impact type 2 diabetes has had on his family, tribal community and Native Americans throughout the United States.

The Beginning

Starting with a golf program headed by Notah’s father, Notah Begay Jr., Native American youth from the greater Albuquerque area were introduced to golf, a sport often out of reach for both rural and Urban Native American youth. This program served as an introduction to the positive impact sports can make on a young person’s life: discipline, goal-setting, etiquette, pride and health.

Physical Activity + Health and Wellness

As the Notah Begay III Foundation’s (NB3F) scope and reach expanded, additional programs were created to further address prevention of type 2 diabetes. In 2009 NB3F launched a comprehensive health and wellness program to ensure a holistic approach in fighting the epidemics of type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity among Native American children. Additionally, the foundation initiated an innovative soccer program at the San Felipe Pueblo, which included the first-of-its-kind professional sports field at a Pueblo.

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