Sports & Health
NABI Roundup
By Dalton Walker and Sheila Begay

The Salt River Renegades fell two wins short of an appearance in the Native American Basketball Invitational Silver Division championship game. The Renegades, led by coach Robert Ramirez, lost to eventual Silver Division champ Northern Thunder 61-31 in the third round of NABI’s consolation tournament. In all, the Renegades played three tournament games and three pool-play games.

Recreation Day Camp, Session 1
By Submitted by Dashia Enos, Recreation Coordinator I
SRPMIC Recreation Department
For more than 35 years, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department has held a summer program for Community youth, which was first called Recreation Education (Rec-Ed). Rec-Ed was created by two students who attended Scottsdale Community College who wanted to give the kids of Salt River an exciting summer. Over the last seven years, Rec-Ed has changed its name to Summer Day Camp. Day Camp consists of eight permanent staff: Teresa Masayesva, Sera Gould, Diedre Goodluck, Kevin Riding-In, Erin Abrahamson, Jamie Escorcia, Dashia Enos and Ephraim Sloan. Five additional staff are brought in temporarily, for the summer, and there are also six WIA teen staff. Summer Day Camp offers two sessions each summer and operates Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phoenix Basketball Team Mascots Visit Summer Day Camp
By Dalton Walker
Au-Authm Action News
More than 100 children in Lehi got a taste earlier this month of what it takes to be a professional WNBA player. Phoenix Mercury basketball players Isabelle Harrison and Sonja Petrovic visited the Boys and Girls Club Lehi Branch on July 7 as part of Casino Arizona Clinic and NBA/WNBA Fit, an initiative to promote physical activity and healthy living for children. Participants rotated between a five stations focusing on shooting, dribbling and defense. “Just seeing the kids smile when they got something new, learned something new—their eyes just lit up because they did it right,” Harrison said. “It just makes me so happy and I want them to be better a basketball player.”
Shoni Schimmel Encourages Native Youth to Follow Their Dreams
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News
WNBA Native all-star Shoni Schimmel participated in Native American Heritage Night on Friday, July 1, during the New York Liberty vs. Phoenix Mercury game at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. This night gave thousands of fans the opportunity to support Schimmel and her family and allowed spectators to experience a night of Native-inspired events.