Official Website for the NYO Games
For thousands of years and countless generations, survival for Alaska Native people depended not only on individual strength, skill and knowledge, but also on the ability to work together toward common goals. Traditional athletic contests and games helped develop these and other skills critical to everyday life in the challenging Alaska environment.
Today’s NYO Games Alaska carries on in this spirit by encouraging young people to strive for their personal best while helping and supporting their teammates—even other teams. While today’s world is very different than when these games originated, the skills and values they instill are just as important now as then.
NYO Games Alaska is one of a small handful of events—along with the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) and the Arctic Winter Games—based on these traditional northern latitude contests. While WEIO is limited to Native athletes, NYO Games Alaska and the Arctic Winter Games are open to all participants, as a way of sharing and celebrating Native traditions.
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Each year, more than 2,000 students from more than 50 communities across the state of Alaska participate in the NYO and JNYO Games. Youth strive for their personal best while competing in traditional contests including the Alaskan High Kick, Seal Hop and many more.
NYO is open to youth from all backgrounds, and fosters important values including teamwork, leadership, respect, and healthy lifestyles. Hosting NYO is a team effort, made possible by individuals and businesses who donate their time, talent and financial support to the Games each year.
Join us! Together, we will carry on this cherished community event that celebrates Alaska’s rich heritage and builds tomorrow’s leaders.