Thank you to everyone who made the 2021 Virtual Senior NYO Games a success!
For the second year in a row, Virtual Senior NYO Games took the action online as student athletes in grades 7 – 12 competed in traditional Alaska Native games from their back yards, living rooms, school gyms, and neighborhood sidewalks. More than 280 students from communities across Alaska participated in Virtual Senior NYO Games this year.
In 2021, we also took Junior NYO Games online, with 140 Junior NYO athletes taking part in games like the Seal Hop, Wrist Carry, Alaskan High Kick, and more!
Registration for the 2021 Sr. Games is now closed. Thank you to all our amazing athletes statewide who have participated!
The 2021 Virtual Junior Games were a great success with a great competitive turnout from across the state. The 2021 Virtual Senior Games concluded April 30. Thank you to all who participated!
Visit the NYO website and Facebook for videos, photos, and other NYO Games information. Please contact NYO Coordinator Adele Villa with any questions or comments. And keep an eye on this website for information about NYO Games Alaska 2022!
Virtual NYO Scholarship Opportunity
Thanks to donations from The Eyak Corporation and the Worl Family, TWO $1,000 academic scholarships will be awarded to Senior athletes competing in the 2021 Virtual NYO Games for post-secondary education. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on our NYO Games Alaska Facebook page.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Eyak Corporation/Worl Family scholarships: Aleutia Peters of Unalaska and Naatanii Mayo of Fairbanks. You can read their statements about how NYO has impacted their lives here:
Welcome to the Games!
All competing athletes will receive a 2021 Virtual NYO beanie as a “Thank you!” for their participation. We encourage your questions and feedback as we continue our venture into the world of virtual sports.
Virtual Competition: Athletes upload their individual competition video submissions within one-week time slots for each of the following events. Medals will be awarded for 1st – 5th place finishers in each event:
- Week One: Alaskan High Kick, Scissor Broad Jump, Wrist Carry
- Week Two: Two-foot High Kick, Kneel Jump, One-hand Reach
- Week Three: One-foot High Kick, Seal Hop, Toe kick
Live Stream Finals Event: The top five placing athletes in the virtual competition will compete in their hometown(s) via live stream in the following contests. Medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each of the live stream events.
Watch the Live stream finals on our NYO Facebook page!
Learn More About the Games
For thousands of years and countless generations, survival for Alaska Native people depended not only on individual strength, skill and knowledge, but also on the ability to work together toward common goals.
Traditional athletic contests and games helped develop these and other skills critical to everyday life in the challenging Alaska environment. Today’s NYO Games Alaska carries on in this spirit by encouraging young people to strive for their personal best while helping and supporting their teammates—even other teams.
Today’s world is very different than when these games originated, and the skills and values they instill are just as important now as then. NYO Games Alaska is one of a small handful of events—along with the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) and the Arctic Winter Games—based on these traditional northern latitude contests.
While WEIO is limited to Native athletes, NYO Games Alaska and the Arctic Winter Games are open to all participants, as a way of sharing and celebrating Native traditions.
For details and a step-by-step how-to video for each event, click on the links below. You can download each video, or to request a thumb drive pre-loaded with all 13 videos, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 793-3413.
- Alaskan High Kick
- Arm Pull **
- Eskimo Stick Pull
- Indian Stick Pull *
- Kneel Jump
- One-Foot High Kick
- One-Hand Reach *
- Scissor Broad Jump
- Seal Hop
- Two-Foot High Kick
- Wrist Carry
* Senior Games only
**Junior Games only
Storytelling & Social Media
NYO Games Step by Step
In 2019, with the help of Nike’s N7 grant, we created step-by-step videos for how to perform every NYO event.
Worth the Risk
As a student, Kyle Worl was hesitant to join in Native games. Today, he’s bringing Native games to new audiences in Alaska — and beyond. Read his story.
Relive the action online at the 2021 Virtual NYO Games Facebook page.
Support The Games
Each year, more than 2,000 students from more than 50 communities across Alaska participate in the JNYO and NYO Games Alaska. Hosting NYO is a team effort, made possible by individuals and businesses who donate their time, talent and funds to NYO each year.
Join us! Together, we will carry on this cherished community event that celebrates Alaska’s rich heritage and builds tomorrow’s leaders.
- Corporate Sponsorships
- Alaska Education Tax Incentive
- Why NYO Matters
To learn more about ways you can support NYO, please contact Development Director Kelly Hurd at (907) 793-3272.
Thank you 2021 Sponsors!
GOLD MEDAL & EDUCATION INNOVATION ($25,000+)
SILVER MEDAL ($10,000+)
BRONZE MEDAL ($5,000+)
HONORABLE MENTION ($1,500+)