Connecting Native youth to the spiritual and cultural legacy of Native running
Since 1988, Wings of America has empowered over 50,000 Native youth runners in the Southwest and across the country to explore the world around them and excel through the power of their own legs.
“I’m still learning what’s possible as a runner,” Executive Director Dustin Martin says. “Above all, I want to continue to run to help Indigenous youth see what a valuable tool the sport can be for knowing one’s self and our homelands. And whether you run in prayer with a group for the protection of sacred places and people, or to know the fastest version of yourself, running can lead to amazing opportunities to represent our communities in a positive light to the outside world.”
Wings of America offers non-competitive movement opportunities for children of all ages beginning with elementary extracurricular programs, as well as competitive training and mentorship for high school runners preparing for college readiness. Active programs include:
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