ALBUQUERQUE – This year’s Indigenous Soccer Cup (ISC) will get some international appeal when Nike N7 representatives Jackie Blackbird and Temryss Lane make appearances this week during two separate dinners as part of the ninth annual event July 15 – 19.
“We are truly blessed and honored to have these two ladies give up their time to join us,” said JoAnn Melchor, executive director of Southwest Youth Services, Inc. (SYS), the non-profit organization which puts on ISC. “Each of these native women has accomplished so much and will truly be an inspiration to our kids.”
Blackbird is the Nike N7 Program/Partnership manager responsible for promoting N7, building relationships and encouraging communities to apply for the N7 grant which provides funding to Native youth programs throughout North America. She is a member of the Gros-Ventre and Assiniboine tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation of Montana.
Lane is a Nike N7 ambassador who played soccer at Arizona State University before being named to the U23 US National Soccer team in 2001, playing professionally in Sweden in 2008, and began an international career as a broadcast analyst, reporter and host for Fox Sports, BeIN Sports, Pac-12 and other major media outlets. Lane is a member of the Lummi Nation.
“These are the types of role models our native youth need,” added Melchor. “People who come from different backgrounds, chose different paths, but are, today, successful native professionals in every respect.”
More than 150 native youth will return to Albuquerque for the annual ISC which is held at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Field.
The N7 Fund is committed to creating early positive experiences in sport and physical activity for Native American and Aboriginal youth in North America.