Notah Begay III Foundation (2012)

Addressing the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes impacting Native American children.

Notah Begay III Foundation
Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded Native American to play on the PGA Tour, founded the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3) to address the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes impacting Native American children, physical fitness, nutritional, and other health needs that are particular to the Native American community.

The Foundation approaches the childhood obesity and diabetes epidemics in Native communities by creating sports, nutritional, health, and community development programming that incorporates local cultures and traditions and by empowering tribal leaders to take action.

In 2010, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health conducted two consecutive evaluations of NB3’s San Felipe Pueblo soccer program. They found that the program significantly impacts the physical fitness of Native American children. The organization also works to call national attention to the health needs of Native American children, who receive less than 1 percent of philanthropy foundation funding.

“I’m thankful that I can use my public platform to raise more awareness of Native American health issues and the need to address them,” says Notah Begay III, four-time PGA Tour winner and founder of the NB3 Foundation. “Sports can play a transformative role in the life of a young person, and we’re pleased that this award will help highlight our mission to fight childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

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