Athletes Say NYO Helps Improve Confidence, Leadership and Self-esteem

NYO Games Alaska is a year-round program that has a quantifiable positive impact on more than 2,000 youth each year.

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 418 NYO athletes in grades 7-12 who competed in the 2012 Games. Here’s what we learned: 

  • 67% credited NYO as an incentive to stay in school
  • 66% improved or kept up their grades in order to continue participation in  NYO Games
  • 67% indicated improved self-confidence 40% indicated improved leadership and self-esteem
  • 35% reported improved overall health
  • 30% indicated a greater sense of well-being
  • 77% see themselves as role-models for future NYO athletes
  • 88% learned about Alaska Native culture and values
  • 94% developed new friendships with other athletes, coaches and teachers
  • 10% stopped using tobacco products; 5% stopped using alcohol; and 4% stopped using illegal substances
  • 150 athletes indicated they practice a minimum of 7-10 hours per week

Thank you, to all our NYO partners and donors … your investment builds tomorrow’s leaders!