Notah Begay III Foundation Course Crew Announces Participants


The Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3 Foundation) announced the names of 14 Native American youth selected to participate in the NB3 Foundation Course Crew, an initiative designed to give Native American youth an opportunity to experience a variety of occupations associated with golf tournaments.

The NB3 Foundation Course Crew offers participants a 360-degree view of what goes into organizing, executing and covering the NB3 Foundation Challenge (the Challenge), the annual, one-day charity golf event designed to raise money for the NB3 Foundation, a charitable organization led by Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA Tour.

"The NB3 Foundation Course Crew is just the latest example of ways the Foundation is engaging Native youth directly in an effort to empower them to live better, more successful lives," said Begay. "The Course Crew is bringing together kids from all across the country, representing a variety of tribes, and exposing them to a lot of viable career options through a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm so happy that the Foundation is associated with a program that promises a lot of fun and a lot of learning for these young people."

Those chosen to participate in the Course Crew represent a collection of tribes that includes: the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians, Oneida Indian Nation, San Felipe Pueblo, To'hajiilee, and the Salt River Pima.

"Notah and the NB3 Foundation have worked to create a truly unique opportunity for Native American youth at this year's event with the Course Crew program," said Chairman James Ramos of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians. "We are proud to support and participate in an initiative that is geared to the development of the leadership skills of Native American youth which will help pave the way to future success."

Participants in the Course Crew will arrive at the site of the Challenge, Turning Stone Resort and Casino just outside Verona, N.Y., several days prior to the event. During the build up to the Challenge, the participants will learn more about the Native American culture in central New York from representatives with the Oneida Indian Nation, including the role of Native Americans in developing games such as lacrosse.

Once on-site at Turning Stone's Atunyote Course on the day of the Challenge, the participants in the Course Crew will be split into two teams, one focusing on journalism and the other on operations. The journalism team will have the opportunity to meet with a variety of local and national sports journalists and collect tips on how to cover a golf event before meeting with a collection of tournament organizers, sponsors, tribal leaders and golfers.

Throughout the day, the journalism team will be responsible for producing updates on their experiences via the NB3 Foundation Twitter account. At the conclusion of the Challenge, members of the journalism team will pen more in-depth stories on their tournament experiences, which will be posted at www.NB3Foundation.com and Indian Country Today.

The operations team will get hands-on experience with the many components that go into planning and executing the Challenge. This will include job-shadowing tournament organizers, as well as working jobs on the course including standard bearer. Throughout the day, the operations team will meet and learn from those who make a golf event operate smoothly.

"It will be exciting to have this special group of Native American youth out at Atunyote, and play such a big role in the 2010 NB3 Foundation Challenge," said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Nation Enterprises. "By giving young people the chance to play an important role in the event, it continues to demonstrate the commitment Notah, along with tribal communities such as Oneida and San Manuel has to the leadership development of Native American youth."

The 14 Native American youth selected to be a part of the Course Crew are: Matt Ramirez, Kai Jimenez, Devin Jimenez, Dean Duro, Eryana Lopez-Duro and David Calleros (San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians); Erin Confer, Kaitlin Jocko and Chelsea Jocko (Oneida Nation of New York), Martina Sandoval and Adrianna Ortiz (San Felipe Pueblo); Shanae Conger (Salt River Pima); Chantelle Larezdoc and Cody Wilson (To'Hajiilee).

About Notah Begay III Foundation

In 2005, Notah Begay III established the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Notah established the Foundation to address the profound health and wellness issues impacting Native American youth and to empower those youth and help them realize their potential as tomorrow's leaders. The mission of the Foundation is to reduce the incidences of obesity and diabetes and advance the lives of Native American youth through sports and wellness programming. To this end, the mission the Foundation supports is the development of sustainable, evidence-based and innovative soccer and golf programs designed by Native Americans for Native American youth that promote physical fitness, wellness and leadership development.

For more information on Notah Begay III and the Foundation, visit: www.nb3foundation.com.

About San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance.

Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment. Visit www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov for more information on the tribe.

About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation's enterprises, which employ nearly 5,000 people, include Turning Stone Resort and Casino, the SavOn chain of gas stations and convenience stores, a 3,000 acre beef and crop farm, three marinas, and Four Directions Media, which includes a national weekly newspaper and a 3D animation/HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation's economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members. Visit www.OneidaIndianNation.com for more information on the Nation.


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