Beyond the reservation: NABI focuses on education as well as basketball


Last updated 9/10/2018 at 4:32pm

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Arizona's CDM Fort McDowell lost to Florida's Savage Storm in the NABI's boys Division I final, which was played in July. The NABI Foundation has provided more that $250,000 in scholarship opportunities to Native basketball players.

PHOENIX-As Samantha Quigley tears down another rebound, she sees more than a basketball. In her hands is something beyond an object that she can dribble around defenders and put through a hoop with ease.

It's a ticket to a better life.

"Basketball is, like, the only key to go a long way if you're a native," said Quigley, the starting forward for the Navajo Nation Elite. "Basketball taught me a lot and it can help me get off the reservation."

She's one of the hundreds of Native American youth who played in this year's Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI).

Founded in 2003, the NABI...

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