Inter Tribal Sports welcomes opportunities to partner and collaborate with other organizations that share our goals and objectives to create healthy and vibrant tribal communities. We firmly believe that working together leads to exponentially greater impacts. Whether it is a joint effort in putting on a community event, a formal agreement to work together on a grant project, or simply lending expertise or advice in a particular subject manner, ITS is committed to building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with local, regional, and national organizations.
La Jolla Basketball Court Project
Inter Tribal Sports partnered with the LA84 Foundation, Nike N7, and the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to construct a brand new basketball court on the La Jolla Reservation. Check out the video below to see the dedication ceremony, which featured Native American slam dunk artist Kenny Dobbs. This project would not have been possible without the contributions, commitment, and effort of everyone involved. ITS hopes to help facilitate more athletic facility construction and improvement projects in the future.
In 2011, we officially joined First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative. Our commitments to the initiative include:
- Implement a new younger age division to introduce youth to sports at a younger age, with an emphasis on encouraging continued participation in organized sports.
- Provide outreach to schools and after school tutoring programs on Indian reservations within the service area by providing a physical activity assembly.
- Increase overall participation in youth sports leagues by 10% during the next year.
- Establish a Nutrition Sub-Committee within our board of directors that will promote healthy food choices and help ensure that vendors and menu options at ITS events meet reasonable nutrition standards.
In October 2011 ITS established a formal partnership with Notah Begay, III Foundation. ITS and the NB3 Foundation have committed to work together to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemics through evidence-based youth soccer and golf programming.