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April 10, 2014

Sooners come together to serve Native American youth

N7 initiative seeks to promote healthy lifestyle and future success

NORMAN — Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team.

However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football practice field.

With more than 200 Native American youths on hand, she wanted to teach them that they can have a bright future and lead a healthy life in the process.

“We wanted to show them what’s possible and what they can do if they are healthy and fit, proactive with their lives,” Wofford said. “That’s why I wanted (it) here at campus — show off OU a little bit. But for the most part, tell them that all we did was work hard and we believe that’s what you can do, as well. You can receive success and do great in your life, as well.”

In cooperation with the Nike N7 initiative, the purpose of Sooners For N7 is to give back to the large Native American population in Oklahoma. The campers included 10- to 12-year-old children from Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes.

According to Wofford, N7 represents the idea that what people do today affects the next seven generations.

“I had an internship at Nike and I was approached by the founder of N7 while I was in Oregon,” Wofford said. “And he really just educated me on N7 and told me how Oklahoma has the largest Native American community. It’s where he targets a lot of his activates.”

Wofford is a part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at Oklahoma and suggested they host a camp for Native American children in Oklahoma.

The idea took off from there and ballooned into the event that saw OU athletes from every sport lend a hand.

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