TURNING THE TIDE: NB3 SOCCER
The mission of the NB3 Soccer Program is to grow the sport of soccer in Indian Country as a means of obesity and diabetes prevention and for youth leadership development. Soccer is a global sport, and while up until now access to this sport has been limited in Indian Country, it has an incredible potential to become a cost-effective and major force for promoting physical activity and preventing childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Soccer is also an important tool to foster positive self-esteem and leadership development among Native American youth. As demonstrated through our successes achieved at San Felipe Pueblo, soccer can promote parent involvement and community development. These are critical strategies to help fight the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes in Indian Country.
Our goal in 2011-2012 is to extend NB3 Soccer’s reach locally, regionally and nationally. Our primary focus this year will be the dissemination of NB3 Foundation soccer programming, coaching education curricula and technical assistance, and to provide small grants to support youth soccer and diabetes prevention programming in tribal communities. Our goal is to build capacity within tribal communities to support soccer, health and youth leadership development programming.
NB3 Soccer will seek to identify tribal communities interested in creating or enhancing existing soccer programs, and provide education, training, resources and technical assistance to these communities to promote the development of players, coaches and long-term programs.
NB3 Soccer’s strategic focus will be to grow the sport of soccer through partnerships with tribal communities in New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, Arizona and other states with high Native American youth populations in need. These states have some of the highest rates of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes among Native American youth. The NB3 Soccer Program will seek to serve more than 2,000 Native American youth.