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The 36-hole Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs—the only facility in California with two courses ranked in the Top 20 "Best Courses You Can Play" in the state by Golfweek Magazine. (indianwellsgolfresort.com)

Native Contractors Association To Host Golf Tournament to Benefit NB3 Foundation

ICTMN Staff
7/13/13

Washington D.C.-based national Native advocacy organization the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) will host its first annual B2B Conference & Expo in Palm Springs, California at the Miramonte Hotel and Resort, November 11-13, 2013, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

The event will feature a golf tournament at Indian Wells Golf Resort, trade show, and different learning tracks targeting small business concerns and federal contracting.

The Association most recently announced that funds from the golf tournament on November 11 will directly benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation, which supports Native youth sport programs. Founded in 2005 by four-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay III—the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA TOUR, the Foundation educates Native communities on the importance of healthy lifestyles and brings athletic opportunities to Indian country’s young people. Out of the 71,000 sports and youth organizations in the United States, the NB3 Foundation is the only nonprofit organization using sports, health and leadership programs to fight type 2 diabetes among Native American youth.

“I am grateful for NACA's commitment to NB3F's mission of preventing type 2 diabetes among Native American children,” Begay said in a press release. “This partnership highlights the positive steps that are being taken by Native organizations to ensure that continuous improvements are made in the lives of Native Americans of all ages. NACA's support through its upcoming first annual golf event exemplifies their leadership and vision in making positive changes in the health and well-being of Native communities most valuable resources: our children.”

The golf tournament is projected to accommodate more than 140 players from across the United States, with the goal of bringing greater awareness to the type 2 diabetes epidemic that currently plagues today's Native American youth.

“As childhood obesity rises in Indian country and diseases like childhood type 2 diabetes become more prevalent, it is more important than ever to pull our community efforts together to stop a disease grossly affecting our youth,” said Kevin Allis, the Native American Contractors Association executive director.

According to a 2010 Indian Health Service study, Native American and Alaska Native youth are nine times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than their Caucasian counterparts. Additionally, from 1990 to 2009 there was a 110 percent increase in type 2 diabetes diagnoses in Native American and Alaska Native youth between the ages of 15-19 years old.

The Native American Contractors Association “is proud to support the Notah Begay III Foundation and the passion it brings to building a positive and healthy future for Native youth," Allis said.

Registration for the golf tournament is now open at www.nativecontractors.org.

To learn more or make a donation to the NB3F, visit http://www.nb3foundation.org.

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