The 7G Foundation is partnering with San Diego State University to host the first Indigenous Bowl to increase national exposure and recruitment opportunities for college-eligible Native high school all-stars.
Youth athletes representing a number of tribal nations have been nominated to compete as part of two teams in a football game during the event. The Indigenous Bowl, which is free and open to the public, gets kicked off Saturday, July 7, at 6 p.m. (PST) at SDSU’s PG 610 Field, northwest of the Montezuma Road and 55th Street intersection. The event will be filmed by Floating Coast Design Studio for national release.
Individual players have been selected for their noteworthy team and leadership skills and will be recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence on and off the field.
Also, some of football’s greatest former players and coaches are contributing to the new tradition of the Indigenous Bowl. To support the high school athletes, 7G is providing the coaching staffs for two teams, led by renowned Native coaches, during the first ever all-inclusive Native all-star football game.
“The first ever Indigenous Bowl is not only a new event for exceptional Native athletes to showcase their elite skills playing at the next level, but also gives Tribes the unique opportunity to come together and celebrate our heritage and living history,” said Indigenous Bowl Executive Director Bennae Calac. “This event will allow us, as a community, to further develop and celebrate our culture as a people as we also celebrate our elite youth — our community’s next generation of leaders.”
In addition to the football competition, the high school athletes will learn about higher education opportunities, including those at SDSU.
SDSU, one of the nation’s best public higher education institutions, is nationally regarded for its support of diverse student populations as well as its academic excellence and affordability. One program of note at SDSU is its Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders program, which promotes the cultural, social, academic and leadership development of students.
“It is an honor to see one of our regional universities partner with 7G and the nations to promote earned opportunities for the growth and development for these outstanding players and future generations of players, which is directly in line with 7G’s mission statement,” said Vice- Chairman Isaiah Vivanco of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians.
Also, a board member of the 7G Foundation, Vivanco added: “We are proud to be able to provide a national stage for these talented young men to develop their skills and showcase their abilities, all while supporting an exceptional cause.”
Robert Judkins, co-founder of the 7G Foundation, added: “We cannot have got this game in motion without the fantastic assistance of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. They are true leaders along with other Nations looking to the future of our people.”
About the 7G Foundation:
The 7G Foundation is a collection of entrepreneurs, coaches and tribal leaders promoting leadership for our youth through education, athletics and professional development. The mission of 7G is to instill the confidence in our young people that great dreams are never out of reach, and we will provide a framework of support for them to experience their wildest dreams translating into tangible, real possibilities. To learn more, visit www.7gfoundation.com.