"For all of us, becoming indigenous to a place means living as if your children's future mattered, to take care of the land as if our lives, both material and spiritual, depended on it." - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
The NABI Foundation is national foundation committed to supporting Native American youth by implementing programs that encourage higher education, sports, health & wellness and community building. Their vision is to raise a generation of leaders by creating the spark that ignites Native American youth to set their sights higher, make the most of their potential and reach their dreams. And their mission is to create, encourage and support Native American youth now and through their journey as they discover who they are, what they want to be and how they can impact future generations.
Last year, my cousins came with the New Zealand team, Nga Hau e Wha Basketball, that had been invited to the tournament and my family was able to make some amazing friends involved with this awesome program. So naturally, we were very excited to see them again for this year's tournament.
"Since its Inception in 2003, NABI Basketball has served over 15,000 youth, created numerous scholarships, succeeded in having one of our athletes go pro into the WNBA. Through our NABI Scholarship Fund, we have awarded over $200,000 in financial aid to our NABI athletes who go on to pursue higher education...The tournament in its effort to bring national attention to Native American athletes has been featured in numerous national media outlets such as: Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, USA Today, New York Times and many more!"
The NABI Foundation along with Nga Hau e Wha Basketball team has given the opportunity indigenous youth to build relationships globally and create memories that will last a lifetime. For many of the Kiwi kids it's the first and maybe only time they are able to travel to the United States. We love this program and can't wait to be more involved in the future. We are so glad that our whanau connected us to it.