BALTIMORE, July 27, 2012 – Members of the US Lacrosse staff and volunteer leaders will be teaching stick skills to Native youth that will be attending the 2012 National Intertribal Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. beginning Saturday. The skills clinic will be hosted at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland on Monday, July 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The National Intertribal Youth Summit (NIYS) is a six-day gathering of tribal youth, ages 14-18, designed to provide a forum to discuss critical issues facing Native youths. This year’s NIYS is expected to gather over 200 American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the nation to develop their leadership skills, voice their concerns for Native youth, and create a youth vision to move Indian Country forward. The event is coordinated jointly by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Congress of American Indians.
US Lacrosse accepted an invitation to participate in the summit from Let’s Move! In Indian Country, a DOI initiative that strives to promote health and fitness of Native youth. The US Lacrosse clinic will include a discussion about the importance of fitness and traditional games in addition to an active lacrosse skills session that will teach the participants to scoop, catch, throw and shoot. US Lacrosse will also provide a presentation to the adult chaperones about USL’s Physical Education and First Stick Programs.
"This is a great opportunity for us to further showcase and expose the great game of lacrosse to an audience of Native American youth leaders who will hopefully carry their experience back and help establish lacrosse in their communities," said Joshua Christian, managing director of sport development at US Lacrosse. "We also appreciate the opportunity to share information about some of our team development programs that support the Let’s Move! goals of health and fitness."
The Let’s Move! clinic continues to build on US Lacrosse’s commitment to connecting the game with its Native American roots. This year USL partnered with Let’s Move! to deliver PE grants to Bureau of Indian Education schools and since 2011, USL has sponsored annual scholarships for Native male and female high school players as part of its multi-year partnership with the Tewaaraton Foundation. The Tewaaraton Native American Scholarships recognize deserving young Iroquois student-athletes with a $5,000 award to be applied toward their college education.