In 2005, 4-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA TOUR, founded the Notah Begay (NB3) III Foundation. Notah, throughout his career, has been a passionate and committed advocate for the health and well-being of Native American youth and their communities. He formed the NB3 Foundation to use sports and wellness as a means for social change and to fight the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.
Based at the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico, the NB3 Foundation operates soccer, golf, health and youth leadership programming at San Felipe Pueblo, in the greater Albuquerque area and other tribal communities in New Mexico, including the Navajo Nation community of To’hajiilee. Beginning in 2009 the Foundation has expanded its impact to tribal communities nationwide through strategic grantmaking and education and outreach through soccer and diabetes prevention education.
- 7,770+ youth have been served since 2005
- This past year, 3,935 Native American youth were served by the NB3 sports, health and youth leadership programs in New Mexico, South Dakota, New York and California
- The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recognized the NB3 Soccer Program as positively impacting the physical fitness of Native American youth to help prevent obesity and the onset of type 2 diabetes
- Proceeds from the 2009 NB3 Challenge helped to fund a $785,000 soccer field and community park for San Felipe Pueblo, the first recreational facility in the Pueblo’s history
- Grants have helped 16 different Native American communities and schools in 11 different states, to support youth sports and health programs and the creation of recreational facilities to fight obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Through its advocacy efforts and the NB3 Challenge, the NB3 Foundation has increased national awareness and support for the prevention of obesity and diabetes in Native American youth
- 75% of every dollar raised will support obesity and diabetes prevention and leadership development programming for Native American youth