NABI Foundation’s Native Basketball Work to be Featured in “Religion of Sports” Documentary Series on Dec. 5

Religion of Sports followed an Alaskan Native basketball team from Alaska to Phoenix as they participated in the largest Native American basketball tournament in the country.

Published December 4, 2018

PHOENIX — The NABI Foundation, whose mission is for the advancement of Native American youth, will be featured in the third season of “Religion of Sports.” The episode “We Are the People” will air on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8 p.m. -ET/PT on AT&T Audience Network. Check your local cable listings for channel and time information.

Filming for the episode took place during this past summer’s Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) which featured 128 teams (from grades 10-12), comprised of athletes representing over 300 tribes from the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Religion of Sports film crews followed one of the teams from Alaska on their journey to NABI and continuted to follow  tournament and teams in their quest to win teh prestigious NABI Championship trophy, and more importantly learn about the many higher educational opportunities NABI provides.

“We are hoping this episode will urge people to get more involved in NABI’s mission so we can continue to provide much needed programs and services to all our Native youth,” says GinaMarie Scarpa, president and CEO of NABI Foundation.

Every year the conclusion and highlight of the tournament is when the final four teams take to the floor on the Phoenix Suns/Phoenix Mercury court and step where NBA and WNBA superstars play to win the NABI Championship. The Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Talking Stick Resort Arena have been involved with the NABI Foundation since NABI’s inception in 2003 and continue to be instrumental in supporting Native youth and communities.

NABI continues to be the largest premier basketball tournament showcasing Native American and indigenous youth in North America and the first to become certified by the NCAA.

In 2019, the NABI Foundation will host its first NABI Educational Youth Summit in conjunction with the NABI tournament scheduled for June 23-29. The summit will expand on the educational components of the NABI tournament to include: College and career fair, educational seminars, workshops, motivational speakers, prevention education and will award over $20,000 in college scholarships.

For more information about the NABI Foundation, how to donate and/or become a sponsor visit





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