NB3 Challenge 2014

NOTAH BEGAY III FOUNDATION CHALLENGE CELEBRATES RETURN TO ONEIDA NATION’S TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO

 Tickets on sale now for a premier afternoon of golf for a good cause

Verona, N.Y. – (July 15, 2014) – Four-time PGA TOUR winner and golf analyst Notah Begay III along with Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter today confirmed the tournament date and format for the seventh annual Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) Challenge. The largest fundraising event across Indian Country will return to Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Atunyote® Golf Club in Verona, N.Y., on Wed., Aug. 27, and tickets are now on sale. Seven elite PGA TOUR players, to be announced at a later date, will be teeing up with Begay to advance the Notah Begay III Foundation’s mission of reducing obesity and type 2 diabetes and supporting leadership development among Native American youth.

“We couldn’t do this without the strong support of my friends on the PGA TOUR,” said Begay. “The draw of these amazing golfers is essential in raising the resources to fund change. Thanks also to Oneida Indian Nation and all the passionate fans. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to return to Central New York and continue strengthening our partnership.”

Longstanding partners like Oneida Indian Nation have enabled the annual NB3F Challenge to raise more than $5 million since the tournament began in 2008, with all proceeds benefiting Native communities.

“It’s an honor to welcome Notah to use Oneida Nation homelands as a stage to shine a bright light on some of the major challenges facing Native children,” said Halbritter. “The work the Foundation is doing to underscore the importance of health and to provide brighter futures for our youth is something we respect and are proud to support. As leaders in Indian Country, we are reminded that our decisions and actions will impact future generations, which is why supporting Notah’s Foundation Challenge is so critically important as we work to confront the serious health challenges facing Native American youth.”

It is predicted that half of Native children will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime, but NB3F is working hard to reverse that statistic. Since 2005, NB3F has piloted and evaluated comprehensive physical fitness and health programs, serving more than 17,000 Native youth and families. Designing these models, which are easy to replicate and scale up or down, has laid the groundwork for NB3F to expand its services on a greater stage. In fall 2013, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NB3F launched its national initiative, Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures. This initiative focuses on research, grantmaking and advocacy across Indian County, and has since provided seed money to Native communities in six states. The positive impact of programs funded by NB3F highlights the meaningful change Native communities can create through collaborative efforts. Turning Stone Resort Casino, which hosts the NB3F Challenge, is an economic enterprise of the Oneida Indian Nation.

Field and Format
This year’s Challenge will feature a field of eight golfers representing two teams of four players – Team USA and Team International, competing in a combined best-ball format. Each team is comprised of two pairs playing best ball; the team’s final score will be determined by combining the score of those two pairs. 

Tickets for the 2014 NB3F Challenge are on sale now, and may be purchased by contacting the Turning Stone Box Office at 315-361-SHOW (7469) or visiting the Box Office which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $50 for adults. Youth admission for 16 and under is provided complimentary with purchase of an adult ticket (must be requested 

at time of original purchase). Active Military receive a 50 percent discount upon presentation of a valid military I.D. Overnight packages also are available by calling 1-800-771-7711. 

 For more information about the NB3F Challenge, visit: www.nb3foundation.org

Key Background

About Notah Begay III Foundation

In 2005, Notah Begay III established the Notah Begay III Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Notah established the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F) to address the profound health and wellness issues impacting Native American children and to empower those youth and help them realize their potential as tomorrow’s leaders. The mission of NB3F is to reduce the incidences of obesity and diabetes and advance the lives of Native American children through sports and wellness programming. To this end, the mission NB3F supports is the development of sustainable, evidence-based and innovative soccer and golf programs designed by Native Americans for Native American youth that promote physical fitness, wellness and leadership development.

For more information on Notah Begay III and NB3F, visit: www.nb3foundation.org.

About Turning Stone Resort Casino

A premier four-season, destination resort in Upstate New York, the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort Casino is conveniently located about 30 miles east of Syracuse at NYS Thruway exit 33. Turning Stone was named “Most Excellent Golf Resort” in 2010 by Condé Nast Johansens. The Academy of Country Music named Turning Stone “Casino of the Year” in 2009. The resort offers world-class gaming, golf, entertainment, accommodations and spa facilities, and has earned AAA Four Diamond ratings for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.  

For more information and reservations, call (315) 361-7711 or 1-(800) 771-7711. Visit the websites at www.turningstone.com and www.oneidaindiannation.com

About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ 4,500 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, the S?vOn chain of gas stations and convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Indian Country Today Media Network – the premier national multi-media source for American Indian news and information, and Four Directions Productions - a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.

For more information, visit the Nation’s website www.oneidaindiannation.com.

 

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