NYO influences our young people to improve academic performance, strengthen overall health and well-being, and instills important values, including leadership and respect—values that make strong communities and build tomorrow’s leaders.
A survey emphasizing NYO’s impact was completed by 399 NYO athletes in grades 7-12 who competed in the 2014 Games. Here’s what we learned:
- 70% credited NYO as an incentive to stay in school
- 67% improved or kept up their grades in order to continue participation in NYO Games
- 70% indicated improved self-confidence
- 47% indicated improved leadership and self-esteem
- 39% reported improved overall health
- 33% indicated a greater sense of well-being
- 80% see themselves as role-models for future NYO athletes
- 82% learned about Alaska Native culture and values
- 90% developed new friendships with other athletes, coaches and teachers
- 10% stopped using tobacco products
- 5% stopped using alcohol
- 4% stopped using illegal substances
- 145 athletes indicating they practice at least 7–10 hours per week
Thank you, to all our NYO partners and donors … your investment builds tomorrow’s leaders!