FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – This Saturday, March 26, the Northern Arizona University women's soccer team will be en route to Tuba City, Ariz. to help put on a free soccer clinic at Moencopi Day School. This NativeVision Mini-Camp, whose mission is dedicated to youth enrichment and empowerment for American Indian children, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to ages 8-18.
The clinic will be broken into four segments throughout the day. Starting at 9 a.m., the team will take the participants through a soccer crash course, and from here, there will be sessions dedicated to academic success and nutrition- both of which NAU players and coaches will lead. The latter half of the day will be comprised of lunch, a cultural exchange and youth evaluations before the conclusion of the event at 2 p.m.
As stated on the NativeVision website, American Indian Youth suffer the poorest health, socioeconomic and educational status of any racial or ethnic group in the country. NativeVision overcomes these issues by engaging professional and collegiate athletes as volunteer mentors to promote healthy lifestyles, fitness and the pursuit of education through the vehicle of sports.
The guiding principle for NativeVision is to cultivate the core strengths, values and positive relationships of American Indian Youth that will make them resilient and help them transition to a healthy, productive and fulfilling adulthood. NativeVision is operated by the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.