Kids who move, move the world.
For more than 10 years, Nike has focused on getting youth in Native American and Indigenous communities in North America moving through the N7 Fund.
Since its creation in 2009, the Nike N7 Fund has awarded more than $8 million in grants, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation of America, to more than 270 communities and organizations.
Each year, grassroots grants are awarded to tribal organizations and communities that manage physical activity programs as well as education and career development, along with five larger “Build the Field” grants for multi-year projects within Native American nonprofit organizations. The N7 Fund also supports Native American-led organizations that have a collective impact on their communities by facilitating help to other local groups, such as the Notah Begay III Foundation.
This year, Nike recognized — and donated a total of $500,000 to — 19 organizations that support Native American and Indigenous communities. These grant recipients deliver programs and services that increase physical activity, support education and career development and provide essential healthcare needs (since Native Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19):
- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (British Columbia) works with Friendship Centres, partner organizations and government institutions to develop and improve resources that support the health, wellness and prosperity of urban Indigenous people and communities.
- Cheyenne River Youth Project (Wyoming) serves the community on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation through innovative youth programming, vital family services and educational public events and activities.
- Inter Tribal Sports (California) unifies tribal youth and communities through structured athletic programs, while providing necessary resources and developing a strong foundation in culture, leadership and wellness.
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation (Oklahoma) provides essential human services and educational opportunities to its community as a self-governed Native American tribe.
- Pine Ridge Girls’ School (San Diego, CA) aims to empower young women in the Lakota community by fostering self-respect, a love of learning and leadership qualities that will help them serve and shape their world.
- Running Strong for American Indian Youth (Virginia) helps Native American and Indigenous communities become stronger, healthier and more self-sufficient through a variety of programs — it was co-founded by Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills.
- Special Olympics Arizona (Arizona) offers training and competition opportunities in Olympic-type sports, advocacy resources, health screenings and so much more for athletes (8+ years) with intellectual disabilities.
- Wings of America (The Earth Circle Foundation, Inc.) (New Mexico) strengthens, empowers and inspires Native youth and their families through running initiatives.
- Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (New Mexico) gives youth in the Zuni community confidence, life skills, pride in their culture and positive role models through a variety of engaging activities.
- American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) strives to increase the number of American Indians who hold college degrees by empowering students to start and stay in school, complete their degrees and launch successful careers.
- Boys & Girls Club of America (Atlanta, GA) enables Native American youth served by clubs on reservations to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
- Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK) provides access to quality health care and wellness services to urban American Indians living in central Oklahoma.
- The Destiny Program Corporation (Riverton, WY) offers a free (or reduced cost) fitness program for at-risk or underserved youth located on or near the Wind River Reservation.
- Ekvnv Yefolecvlke (Weogufka, AL) improves the health and wellbeing of the Maskoke community by re-introducing native plants and animals to the region and revitalizing traditional arts practices, including language revitalization and women’s medicinal practices.
- Inner City Youth Alive (Winnipeg) engages local kids — many of whom experience poverty, abuse and neglect — through quality programs, and provides a safe, active and nurturing environment to help them reach their full potential.
- National Congress of American Indians (Washington, DC) advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native rights, representing the tribes and resisting federal government pressure for assimilation.
- Native Wellness Institute (Portland, OR) provides training based in Native culture to promote the well-being of individuals, families, communities and places of work.
- Standing Rock Community Development Corporation (Fort Yates, ND) works to build a sustainable future that will empower Indigenous people to create change consistent with Lakhota and Dakhota values.
- Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas (Dallas, TX) offers culturally sensitive, community-based services to meet the needs of Native Americans living in Dallas/Fort Worth.