Nike N7 Fund Awards Grants to Native American and Aboriginal Youth Organizations that are Leveraging the Power of Sport to Inspire the Next Generation

20 tribal and community organizations awarded grants to get kids moving so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives

Beaverton, Ore. (Nov. 7, 2018) Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike N7 Fund.As a part of the 2017-2018 N7 Fund grant cycle, Nike is awarding grants to 20 organizations serving Native American and Aboriginal youth across North America. Through this grant cycle, the N7 Fund awarded15 “Grassroots”grant recipients with a total of $250,000, which included one year project grants for tribal organizations and communities that manage sport and physical activity programs. The fund also provided second-year funding to five “Build the Field”grantees, which are multi-year grants of $50,000 each, for capacity building within Native American non-profit organizations, for a total of $150,000 over three years.

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Native Youth Education & Health Report

The Schott Foundation in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy, with support from Nike N7, recently released a set of recommendations for helping Native youth live healthy lives. These recommendations came directly from Native American leaders who hold expertise across health, physical fitness, education and youth development sectors. The report, Original Instructions, outlines both challenges and opportunities to philanthropy. It’s a first step towards using our resources to recognize and learn from the resilient Native youth.

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N7 Sport Summit Update

Thanks for your interest in the The N7 Fund Sport Summit! The Summit will not take place in 2017 and 2018.

N7 Fund Grant Cycle

The N7 Fund is Nike’s long-term commitment to bring sport and all its benefits to Native American and Aboriginal communities in North America, with a focus on youth. We believe that kids are made to play, and through sport, Native youth can unleash the power of their generation. We believe in the unifying power of sport to empower communities to take on some of the greatest challenges that Native American and Aboriginal youth face, such as diabetes, obesity, suicide, and low graduation rates.

N7 embraces the Native philosophy: “In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” Through N7, Nike provides opportunities for Native American and Aboriginal youth to play, get active, and become forces for positive change in their communities for generations to come.

To date, the N7 Fund has awarded more than $3.5 million in grants to 185 communities, schools and nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada, reaching more than 350,000 youth as part of Nike’s Global Community Impact work. The N7 Fund partners with CAF America to provide due diligence and grant disbursement for its annual funding cycle.

The N7 Fund grant cycle will open 2017-2018 N7 Fund grant cycle will open Monday, October 2, 2017. The grant cycle will be available for six weeks, closing November 13, 2017.

2016 N7 Sport Summit Recap


N7 Ambassador Taboo performing at N7 Sport Summit


2016 N7 Sport Summit
“Move Your Generation”
September 8th-10th, 2016
Nike World Headquarters

“We must remember where we came from and what our ancestors have taught us.” – Charles Tailfeathers, Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder

NATIVE CULTURE & TABOO: Our 4th Annual Nike N7 Sport Summit was infused with Native American and Aboriginal culture and wellness messages. A welcome reception kicked-off the 2-day Summit on Thursday evening with traditional songs and dances performed by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Canoe Family. 45 Grand Ronde tribal members, Grand Ronde elder, Kathryn Harrison, traveled to the Nike World Headquarters to help us welcome the 200+ community leaders, youth and ambassadors to their traditional territory. Tribal youth were the focal point of the Canoe Family performance and the history and meaning of their songs and dances were explained.

Taboo, Black Eyed Pea band member, and our newest N7 Ambassador ended the evening with an energetic performance that had the crowd on their feet dancing. Not only did he share his musical talents that evening, he shared his personal commitment to bettering the lives of Native and Aboriginal Youth. DJ, EmceeOne, joined Taboo for the evening, adding his musical talent to the performance.

Native Wellness Institute Board member & Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder, Charles Tailfeathers

Native Wellness Institute Board member & Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder, Charles Tailfeathers

OPENING BLENDS SPORT WITH CULTURE: September 9th, the first day of our N7 Sport Summit, opened with a prayer by Cree/Blackfeet Tribal Elder, Charles Tail Feathers,  followed by an honor song by Ojibwe tribal member, Mike Thunder. All community, social and ceremonial tribal gatherings are opened with a prayer and song and it was no different here at Nike WHQ. Native Wellness Institute (NWI) Board member and trainer, Robert Johnston, was the emcee that shared the messaging of Nike N7 and invited our guest from the First Lady of the United States’ (FLOTUS) office to introduce a special video message from Michelle Obama. We have partnered with FLOTUS’ Let’s Move! in Indian Country over the past 3 years to highlight the work of moving more Native American children and youth. Nike’s Global Community Impact VP, Jorge Casimiro took stage following the FLOTUS video message to share the great work of Global Community Impact and Nike N7. Included in Jorge’s time on stage was an informational Q&A with Nike N7’s General Manager, Sam McCracken.

INSPIRATION THROUGH AMBASSADORS: To round out the opening, Nike N7 Ambassadors, Lyle, Miles & Haina Thompson joined Jude Schimmel and Spencer O’Brien on the stage for a dynamic panel moderated by N7 Champion, Charlie Galbraith. The athletes shared their personal connection to sport and the impact it has had on their lives.

N7 Ambassador Panel (L to R): Jude Schimmel, Miles Thompson, Haina Thompson, Lyle Thompson, Spencer O'Brien and moderator, Charles Galbraith

N7 Ambassador Panel (L to R): Jude Schimmel, Miles Thompson, Haina Thompson, Lyle Thompson, Spencer O’Brien and moderator, Charles Galbraith

GRANTEE HIGHLIGHT AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: This year’s Sport Summit had four break-out sessions for the attendees.  The N7 Fund grantees highlight included, InterTribal Sports, the Notah Begay III Foundation and British Columbia’s Partner’s Council.  The other three workshops focused on grant-making, coaching and capacity building/partnerships.

NIKE COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR & TRIBAL YOUTH: Other highlights from our 2-day N7 Sport Summit included the introduction of Nike Community Ambassador program, a continual message of healing and wellness, traditional games and youth participation throughout the Summit. World Fit for Kids! delivered the 3-hour training session on the Ronaldo fields with 150 of 220 attendees actively participating. They also received the Nike Community Ambassador booklet in their registration packet. The Native Wellness Institute (NWI) trainers shared traditional games on day two. One of the games NWI shared was “Double Ball,” a stick game that includes playing together as a team to score goals. An element that we added to the overall Summit included youth voices and their presence throughout the 2 day Summit. Each day ended with youth sharing how sport and physical activity has impacted their own lives. We also included an additional panel with six Native and Aboriginal youth sharing stories about how sport has impacted their lives, their Summit experience and messages for the adult participants. The closing ceremony included an honoring of all our youth participants.

Tribal Youth participating in Nike Community Ambassador training

Tribal Youth participating in Nike Community Ambassador training


The N7 Fund is proud to announce the 2015 round of grant recipients as well as the fourth N7 Sport Summit, scheduled for September 9-10, 2016.

Each of the grant recipients is dedicated to improving health and social disparities in tribal communities, with this cycle including: the New Mexico-based Notah Begay III Foundation, Ontario’s Motivate Canada, British Columbia’s Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council, and Santa Fe-based Wings of America.