Autumn Quiver, NB3FIT Health and Nutrition Coordinator
Autumn Quiver is Lakota Sioux, Dine, and San Felipe. Autumn Quiver is a rarity at the NB3 Foundation. She holds the distinct position of being the only person to participate in, volunteer for, and work for the NB3 Program. In fact, based off experience alone, she would rank as one of the senior-most employees at the Foundation.
Autumn began her playing career in 2005 at the program’s inception, when she was only 9 years old. She remembers having to clear the dirt lot that was used for a field before practice, “We’d have to throw rocks off the field and pull weeds, the goal was just a couple poles with a net on it.” As Autumn grew so did the program, with the construction of an $800,000 turf field and increased program participation from San Felipe Pueblo and several other pueblos.
By 16, Autumn had completed her playing tenure with NB3 and decided to take on the role of coach. She says her motivation for coaching was to give back to the kids. “The kids are my main reason for being there, you grow close to them and see them change for the better.”
2 years into her coaching career, the soccer program took note of her coaching talents and offered her a paid position as an Americorps Coaching Vista. Her new position carried a higher level of involvement and administrative work but she says she appreciates the change. “It’s a big step up with more responsibilities, but I like that.”
From player to employee, Autumn has seen many changes at the Foundation but says one thing has remained constant. “NB3 has made a really positive change in the community for kids and for parents. In the beginning, kids didn’t know how to eat healthy but now, they eat fruit and they’re telling their parents to eat healthy. Through NB3, the kids are the ones making the change.”Autumn blossomed into a leader on and off the field. She now runs the NB3FIT ‘s nutrition program and runs the NB3FIT Soccer Program in San Felipe. She also continues to work with Native American families on living healthier lifestyles. Today, Autumn sees herself in many of the kids who she counsels, and is encouraged by the positive changes she’s seen enacted by the NB3 Foundation programs. “The kids are my main reason for being here,” she says.