Native Village Youth and Education News
October, 2009


Native American Youth Winners at 2009 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge

From Notah Begay III

Three of the world's best golfers Tiger Woods, Mike Weir and Camilo Villegas joined me at the 2009 Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge [ ] on Monday, August 24, to raise awareness and funding for the improved health and wellness of Native youth nationwide.

All four of us brought our best game for the 3,500 spectators. In the end, Tiger bested us all, winning nine holes. Defending champ Camilo won eight to finish second and I saved the best for last, taking the final 18th hole.

However, the true winners of the Challenge are Native youth. I'm honored and thrilled to announce that we raised more than $1,053,000 to support our Foundation's efforts to fight the disproportionate incidence of obesity and diabetes among Native youth and to bring an end to this epidemic.

These funds will allow us to expand our Foundation's physical fitness, wellness and leadership development programs while bringing these programs a key in stopping this epidemic to more Native youth across the country.

This year's Challenge was made possible through the generous support and leadership of the Oneida Indian Nation [ ] and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians []. The Challenge took place at the Oneida Indian Nation's scenic Atunyote Golf Course [ ] in Verona, New York.

Please visit our Web channel at  to view clips with highlights from all of the day's on- and off-course activities, including interviews with Tiger Woods, representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, and one of the Native junior golfers who attended the event.

Thank you for your support. Together we can win this fight!

Your friend, Notah Begay III

Native Village Note: Notah's vision is to create a national youth health movement on Indian Reservations nationwide. To become involved, visit his foundation website at :

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