Four-time winner on the PGA Tour and a respected golf broadcaster for NBC Sports and The Golf Channel, Notah Begay III, will be the keynote luncheon speaker at Raving Consulting’s long-running Indian Gaming Marketing Conference, on January 31.
Attendees of the conference, who represent tribal gaming properties across the nation as well as Canada, will learn about his devotion to the health and fitness of Native communities, and in particular, the health of Native youth.
He’ll be speaking to “How Helping Native Children’s Health Became My Life’s Mission.”
Notah Begay III is a true Native American success story. In his youth, he would hop the fence to play on an Albuquerque area municipal golf course and work at odd jobs in exchange for golf and driving range privileges. His passion for golf led him to become an All American at Stanford University, leading to a career on the PGA Tour and then in the golf industry.
In 2005, he started the Notah Begay III Foundation to assist Native-led organizations in reversing Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes by investing in evidence-based, community-driven and culturally relevant programs. With support from organizations like Nike, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Mdewakanton Sioux tribal community, NB3F has raised millions of dollars to make a real difference in improving the wellbeing of Native children.
In this very personal and very touching luncheon keynote address, Notah will share his own journey in becoming a true humanitarian, as well as the challenges he has had to overcome in becoming an authentic hero in Indian country, not for his many athletic accomplishments, but for his “Native Strong” devotion and selflessness on behalf of all Indian people.
“The Indian gaming industry, including its suppliers, can play a major part in the battle against this epidemic. I have no doubt that Notah’s message will resonate with the Indian gaming professionals in attendance and enforce their personal and professional commitment to their own health and the health of their children,” shared Dennis Conrad, president and chief strategist, Raving Consulting Company. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of Janie Dillard, executive officer of operations for Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Division of Commerce, and their generous donation.”
Justin Kii Huenemann, president and CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation added, “Notah is an inspiration to so many, including myself. His story is a true American success story. And like with any good success story you will find generosity, passion and commitment in high measure. It is my honor to work side-by-side with Notah to help ensure that Native American youth have the opportunity to live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.”