NEC NIGHTHAWKS & WELLNESS WARRIORS IMPACT

The Wellness Warriors Nighthawks community athletics program was started in early 2012 by a group of committed volunteer Native Education College staff and students who saw a great demand for more opportunities for both structured and informal sport, physical activity and wellness programming for urban Aboriginal adults. The program started with basketball and has since expanded to include soccer, dragon boating, the walk/run club, pow wow dancing, the Nighthawks leadership initiative scholarship program, the NEC-SFU Native Basketball Festival and health and cultural teachings workshops.

The program has had a positive impact on many NEC students and members of the community. Please see below to read what some of them have had to say:

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At the beginning of 2014, Native Education College offered me a spot on their First Nations Men’s College Basketball Team, which I gladly accepted. “The N.E.C. Nighthawks ” is our team’s name which I am very proud to represent. We placed 3rd in the 1st Annual […] All Nations Basketball Tournament organized by N.E.C. and where I proudly won my 1st all-star. Being a part of a strong Aboriginal community is important to me because if Natives as a people want to erase all stereotypes it will be a process and I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

Jayson Wing, NEC Student
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IMPACT STATEMENTS FROM NEC STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS

WHAT WAS THE MOST BENEFICIAL THING ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM?

In our program evaluations many participants noted that the Wellness Warriors basketball program increased their teamwork skills and provided stress relief, a chance to make new friends, and helped participants to connect with their community. Here are some impact statements from our participants, you will find more throughout the site:

  • I learned the value of teamwork.

  • The competitiveness was what I liked the most.

  • The feeling of being part of a team again! :)

  • Teamwork, great connections amongst players.

  • It helps my health by making me less isolated as an individual, feeling like I have a support network of like-minded women.

  • Reconnecting with old friends and making new friends.

     

  • My own health-release of stress.

  • Gets me out of the house.