This section contains the latest UNITY news and references to stories and articles that may be of interest to an audience that includes and extends beyond Native American youth. This may include educators, potential employers, college recruiters, Native youth program managers, and others who share an interest in American Indian youth issues.
The annual UNITY Golf Classic raised more than $15,000 for Native American youth leadership programs. Proceeds benefit UNITY and its initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles, personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native American youth in our communities. The golf tournament, which was held at the Whirlwind Golf Club on the Gila River Indian Community, attracted golf teams from across the state.
The tournament is an annual fundraising event. This year's major sponsors included the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, Ak-Chin Indian Community, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises. Golfers were treated to an afternoon meal, awards ceremony, and a live auction.
About 100 Native runners participating in the annual PF Chang’s races showed up at UNITY’s headquarters for its annual Spaghetti Dinner for Native runners. This year’s dinner included members of the Facebook group Healthy Active Natives (HANs), with group founder Waylon Pahona as the special guest. Pahona, who is Hopi and whose mother is from the Gila River Indian Community, shared his story of hope and inspiration. Pahona, like many others, has struggled with his weight. HANs now boosts 50,000 Facebook members and as a community focuses on HEALTH and healing.
Attendants also included UNITY youth from Cesar Chavez High School; the White Mountain Apache Youth Council, which included Miss Indian Arizona, Shasta Dazen; the Mesa Strength Youth Council; and the Yavapai Apache Youth Council. The youth councils served as volunteers at the event.
UNITY has moved to a new suite, in the same building! Please note our new address and update your records. Thank you.
UNITY, Inc., 1 N. MacDonald Drive, Suite 212, Mesa, AZ 85201
Office Telephone: (480) 718-9793
Office Fax: (480) 773-6369
During the UNITY Open House on December 19, 2014 12 News of Phoenix covered the event and aired a news segment on January 12 that was seen across the state of Arizona.
Sassamin Weeden, Vice President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee, is featured in the segment video that may be viewed on the azcentral website HERE.
Mesa, Arizona - Olympian Billy Mills joined the celebration as UNITY held its 2nd annual open house event on December 19. National UNITY Council Executive Committee members, representatives of local youth councils, Tribal leaders, community supporters and UNITY staff gathered during the 4-hour event that featured a toy and food drive, lighting of the UNITY fire, songs around the UNITY drum, special guest speakers and even a visit from Santa (and Batman too!).
Check out the photos from this wonderful event on UNITY's Facebook Page, CLICK HERE!