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Daycee Achin models the summer N7 Gear during the opening ceremony of the NABI Games, she also played with Team Ak-Chin.
Photo courtsey of Sarah Achin

Community Member Participates in Nike N7 Fashion Show

For being a role model for character, hard work and dedication, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Daycee Achin, 15, recently received the opportunity to be a model in Nike’s N7 fashion show, modeling the line’s 2017 summer gear.

The fashion show was part of the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) opening ceremonies and was held on July 7 at the Copper Sky Recreation Complex in Maricopa. NABI features 128 male and female high school–age basketball teams with members representing more than 200 tribes. The basketball tournament games take place over one week and are played all over the Valley. This is the 15th year for the tournament.

In June, Achin was asked by the Ak-Chin girls basketball team to join their squad. All her hard work and traveling paid off when the coach chose Achin to represent the youth and model the N7 gear during the NABI event.

“She enjoyed modeling the summer line, and she was also able to keep the clothing and shoes,” said Achin’s mother, Sarah Achin. “She met the N7 promoters and also former athletes, such as A.C. Green and Cedric Ceballos [of the Phoenix Suns].”

Achin is currently a sophomore at Westwood High School. Although she played with the Ak-Chin team, she didn’t make it to the NABI tournament game. She was a little upset, but she said she has learned from all her experiences and it makes her a more focused and stronger athlete. Achin does her best for her family and friends who go and watch her play, and also for her Community.

Daycee Achin also played with Team Ak-Chin.
Achin’s younger sister Nyese, 13, participated in the junior high NBA camp held during NABI week. She said she looks up to her sister and plans to follow in her footsteps. The girls’ parents are Sarah Achin and Erwin Manuel.

Nike N7 is inspired by the Native American wisdom of Seven Generations and is committed to helping Native youth become more active so they can live healthier and more successful lives.