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Welcome to the Games!

Welcome everyone, to the NYO Games Alaska.

After months of anticipation, Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is once again proud to be the organizing sponsor and host such a special event.

The Senior Games bring more than 600 student athletes together from across the state for a weekend of exciting, healthy competition in traditional Alaska Native games of skill, strength and determination at the new Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus.

CITC is also pleased to host the Annual NYO Opportunities Expo during the Games, and we encourage you to visit the variety of displays in the auxiliary gym to learn more about valuable opportunities and information our NYO supporters have to offer.

We applaud all of our young people who have worked hard to qualify for the statewide competition and the hundreds more who participated in local community events. NYO impacts more than 2,000 youth each year, and plays a critical role in helping them to make better choices for their futures.

A survey completed by nearly 400 student athletes emphasizes NYO’s important impact, with 69 percent responding that participation in the Games is a factor in staying in school and or keeping their grades up, and nearly 70 percent indicating improved self-confidence; 80 percent of participants say they see themselves as role-models to other youth through participation in the Games, and many cited healthy behavioral modifications, including reduction of tobacco and alcohol use.

Whether it’s through the generous support of our NYO partners, or the tireless effort and dedication of our students, their coaches and families, and all our volunteers, hosting NYO each year is a team effort.

We invite you to get involved and make an investment in our youth—tomorrow’s leaders—through a personal donation that will directly support this important community event serving students of all cultures across Alaska.

All of us at CITC look forward to the NYO Games with great anticipation, and we are expecting another incredible event this year. Please join us for all the exciting competition, and help us celebrate the tremendous skill, dedication and preparation of our athletes.

These dynamic young people inspire us with their enthusiasm and talent, and give us great confidence in the future.

Thank you for being a part of the NYO and CITC family!

Let the Games begin!

—Gloria O’Neill
President & CEO
Cook Inlet Tribal Council