ONEIDA NATION HOMELANDS, N.Y. - 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 Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation Representative. “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.
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.