Thousands of athletes will converge on the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage April 26-28 for the Native Youth Olympic Games. NYO tests competitors on adapted skills that Alaska native people used for generations. The competitions include the high kick, Eskimo stick pull and seal hop.
But NYO is not just about the competition, it’s also impacting education. A recent survey found a majority of the 400 students surveyed credit NYO as a factor for staying in school and keeping their grades up.
NYO fans can show their support to athletes by sending them e-cards. Find more details here.
– Ashleigh Ebert, The Alaska 100