Fri May 19th, 2023
Tags: Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns Originativ, University of Phoenix
Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), revealed its 20th Anniversary Edition NABI Nation brand uniform on April 4 at a Phoenix Suns Originativ game. The 2023 uniforms will be self- produced by NABI’s own brand, NABI Nation and were designed by the Phoenix Suns creative team.
“Self-producing under NABI Nation brings both NABI and NABI Nation brands full circle,” said GinaMarie Scarpa, NABI president and founding member. Though NABI will not be getting into starting up their own sporting line, Scarpa stated “If NABI’s platform is good enough to be a platform to promote a Nike brand, such as N7, it is only fitting to move forward using our own platform to promote our own brand – NABI Nation. We are grateful for our 20-year relationship with Nike N7, but excited to be open to other opportunities to meet our continual growth.”
NABI is the largest premier all-Native-American basketball tournament in North America. Its 20th annual tournament will take place July 17-23, 2023, in Phoenix, Ariz.
A record-breaking 172 teams representing over 150 Tribal nations applied to participate with 144 teams being accepted. There will be over 400 games played in gyms around Phoenix area with six semi-finals on Saturday July 22 at Phoenix College and the two championship games, broadcasted LIVE, played Sunday, July 23 at the Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.
Many organizations and companies have worked alongside NABI for two decades to support and celebrate tribal youth and communities. On-going prominent supporters of the annual tournament include Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Gila River Indian Community, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Rolling Plain Construction, University of Phoenix, Resolution Copper, Arviso Okland Construction, Freeport McMoRan, KONE, Phoenix College, Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix Indian Center, FRYS, and Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe.
For more information: www.NABINation.com