Thursday, April 25, 2013

17th Annual NativeVision Sports and Life Skills Camp.

This is Your Invitation to Bring Youth From Your Community to the 17th Annual NativeVision Sports and Life Skills Camp.

This summer, the NFL Players Association and the Johns Hopkins Center for American In
Health will hold the 17th annual sports and life-skills camp for American Indian high school
students.  The camp will take place at Shiprock High School in Shiprock, New Mexico
hosted by the Navajo Tribe from Sunday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 4, 2013.  We are grateful
to the host Tribe and Shiprock High School for sharing their beautiful grounds and facilities
many as 60 professional and collegiate athletes will gather to provide instruction in football
basketball, soccer, volleyball, running and lacrosse, and join in all other camp festivities.

Success of the Camp
Over the past 16 years, the NativeVision Camp has enjoyed great success and rapid growth.
More than 8,000 students from 30 tribes have participated, traveling to the camp from 15 states.
Students, coaches, players and parents alike express excitement over inter-tribal participation and
the fact that the professional athlete mentors focus on healthy lifestyles as much as they focus on
sports. Professional athletes not only instruct young players on the fundamentals of sports, but
also share stories of personal hardship, courage, and victory. In addition, Native leaders who
take part encourage the high school students to become better citizens, to respect their elders, and
to take pride in their Indian identity.

How Many Youths Can You Bring?
Bring up to a total of 50 male and female students to play any of the six sports (football,
basketball, soccer, volleyball, running and lacrosse). We hope for gender and tribal diversity in
each sport.  All participants should be entering high school in the fall of 2013 or already be
in high school.  At some point, we may have to restrict enrollment, depending on the response.
For now, however, the invitation is open and flexible, and we will take registered youth on a
first-come, first-served basis. As we are hoping to send certain healthful messages back to each
community through the representatives who attend the camp, we ask that you select students who
will act as role models and leaders for other members of their class.

Enclosed please find a registration form. Please complete all the information neatly and return it
to us by mail at 621 N. Washington Street, Baltimore, MD, 21205 attention Marlena
Hammen or by fax 410-955-2010 or by email  After we receive your
completed registration, we will send you a confirmation letter confirming your slots and
each student’s registration information for you to distribute to them.
On the Chaperone registration form there is a slot to be filled out about the All-Star Basketball
Game. On Sunday, June 2nd we will be having an All-Star Basketball game matching the
campers against the pros. It is always very popular! We ask for you to pick two players
(preferably one girl and one boy) who can participate as your representatives on the All-Star
team. Please fill out this information on the Chaperone registration form.

As in past years, food and lodging will be provided free of charge to the youth participants,
coaches and chaperones who accompany them.  You are strongly encouraged to bring your
own tents for the campers.  The only expense and responsibility will be to make your own
travel arrangements. We do have some money available to tribal student groups to help defray
the travel expenses. We will be able to provide travel reimbursement funds of $100-$500
(depending on how far you have traveled) for the first 10 tribes who complete the registration
information. These funds will be distributed to you at the end of the camp.  Please mark on the
Chaperone registration how many miles you will travel to get to the camp site.

We must insist that you send at least 1 chaperone for every 6 students. We ask you to choose
chaperones who are 21 years of age or over and who are committed and strong leaders. We are
well aware how strenuous a job chaperoning can be. In order to help the camp experience be as
productive as possible, there will be a brief chaperone orientation meeting on the first day of the
camp. At this meeting, we will discuss the role the chaperones are expected to play during the

Please understand the importance of communicating with us as soon as possible regarding the
number of players you plan to bring. Given the “First come, First serve” nature of registration,
we ask that you return the registration form as soon as possible and no later than May 24,

Once again, we have included a form for you to use to list the players, sports and chaperones you
select. Please be sure to return the completed form to us. We look forward to seeing you in

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Marlena Hammen at
(410) 955-6931 or email

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