Stopp refs 2nd annual Indigenous Bowl
HEMET, Calif. – Cherokee Nation citizen Michael Stopp, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was one of five Oklahoma high school sports officials chosen by the 7G Foundation to officiate the second annual Indigenous Bowl held June 29 at the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians Reservation.
The Indigenous Bowl is an opportunity for about 40 graduated Native American high school seniors from across the nation to play in an All-Star game in front of college recruiters.
“The opportunity to highlight Native American athletic talent is something that is greatly needed in this country,” said Stopp, who serves as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, who is also a CN citizen. “Often students on reservations or in the most rural areas are overlooked by college recruiters. I am excited and honored to be a part of the 7G mission.”
All five of the bowl’s game officials are Native Americans from Oklahoma. Along with Stopp, there are Greg Willie (Choctaw/Mississippi Choctaw), of Wright City; Chris Taylor (Choctaw), of Wilburton; Tyler Osburn (Muscogee Creek), of Tahlequah; and Fabian Garcia (Apache) of Wilburton.
The 7G Foundation, based on the Pauma Reservation in California, is a collection of entrepreneurs, coaches and tribal leaders who promote leadership for Native youth through athletics, education and professional development. Its purpose is to build a bigger future for young people.
“Our mission is to inspire our young people until they believe their outrageous dreams are within reach,” the 7G Foundation website states. “And by providing a framework of support and inspired accountability, they will have the foundation necessary to experience their wildest dreams translating into a tangible reality.”
For more information email contact@7GFoundation.com
or call 1-760-617-2872.