NORMAN, Okla. —More than 20 Cherokee students traveled to the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday for the inaugural Sooners for N7 event.
The Sooners for N7 was started by student athletes as a way to recognize and give back to the Native American population in Oklahoma, while also promoting health and wellness.
More than 120 Native American students from five tribes rotated through sports and recreation stations, including stickball, nutrition, bead work and a refueling station as OU student-athletes coached and mentored students through.
“I think what we learned here about health, nutrition and fitness will make me stronger and might help me live healthier,” said Cherokee citizen Aurora Gibson, a fifth-grader at Grandview School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
The event opened with remarks from Sooners men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger, and students heard from other celebrity speakers, as well as took photos with OU quarterback Trevor Knight.
“The Nike N7 Initiative is extremely valuable to our Native youth,” said Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and Nike N7 ambassador Veronica Lind, who served as the event’s keynote speaker. “I hope this event and others like it will show these kids you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. The best things in life you achieve are going to take work and it will be hard, but if you just keep going and pushing through the hard times, you are going to be something great.”
For more information on Nike N7, visit N7Fund.com. For more information on Cherokee Nation’s health and fitness initiatives, call 918-453-5600.