That’s a Wrap: 2021 Virtual NYO Games Alaska

2021 Senior NYO Games drew 280 athletes from around the state, despite going virtual

You can’t stop NYO! For the second year in a row, the Native Youth Olympic (NYO) Games went virtual, when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that the safest decision possible would be to delay meeting in person for one more year.

Athletes, coaches, parents, families, volunteers, and CITC staff rallied to make this year’s Senior NYO Games an online success. More than 280 athletes from across the state submitted videos of the events they competed in, from the Alaskan High Kick to the Wrist Carry. NYO Head Official Nicole Johnson and NYO Coordinator Adele Villa hosted several Facebook Live events, including award ceremonies and live kick-off competitions of the Alaskan High Kick, the One-Foot High Kick, and the Two-Foot High Kick.

You can view a full list of this year’s NYO results here.

Through the generosity of the The Eyak Corporation and the Worl family, two $1,000 scholarships were also awarded to NYO high school seniors. Read about our winners here.

We are grateful for our amazing sponsors, who made the dream of NYO come true for hundreds of athletes this year.

Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, and families who help make Virtual NYO 2021 a success! We can’t wait to see you all in person next year!