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March 1, 2013

Jacoby Ellsbury Coaches Navajo Kids at N7 Camp
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Arizona: More than 130 kids, many of whom were Navajo, attended the 2nd Annual N7 Jacoby Ellsbury Baseball Camp in January.  Ellsbury was joined by other Major League Baseball personnel during the camp.

"It's great to see the kids' faces light up," Ellsbury said. "Last year we started out with 60 kids and this year we had 130 of them."

Ellsbury is centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He is of a Navajo heritage and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

The camp took place at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. Salt River Fields is used by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies for spring training. It's owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

"It was great," said Sam McCraken from Nike. "What these kids are walking away from is hands-on experience."

McCracken grew up on the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux reservation in Montana, and gave birth to N7 in 2001. Nike N7 encourages Native and aboriginal youth to engage in sport and physical activity.

“The People are at a point, they realize the health situation, but they don’t know how to fix it,” McCracken said. “We’ve been given as a people a unique opportunity to amplify and create change in our communities. Nike created a Toolkit, and a lot of my voice was in it.”

One of N7's ultimate goals is to curb obesity and diabetes among young Native youth.

"N7 is about getting kids out, getting them active," Ellsbury said. "Getting the kids to live a healthy active lifestyle. That is the what the initiative is all about."

Ellsbury is one of many Native athletes known as Nike N7 Ambassadors. Others include:

Sam Bradford Caroline Calve  Rene Borque
Craig Robinson Tahnee Robinson
Temryss Lane Alvina Begay
Waneek Horn-Miller Chris Wondolowski

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