Traditional Games Planned for Juneau

    Native Youth Olympics coach Kyle Kaayák’w Worl demonstrates a one-foot high kick during a team practice. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The fifth annual 2022 Traditional Games will be held in April in Juneau, with teams from across Alaska participating, according to a press release from the Sealaska Heritage Institute. The games will be livestreamed on SHI’s YouTube page and a website set up for the games.

      Athletes aged 11 and older can register online at Athletes who have questions should contact Coach Kyle Kaayák’w Worl at or 907-227-4998.

      The games are scheduled for April 2-3 at Thunder Mountain High School. Athletes who register by March 1 are eligible to win a sealskin kicking ball in a drawing.

      A limited number of teams will be competing in 10 events over two days. Events include the scissor broad jump, kneel jump, wrist carry, one-foot high kick, one-hand reach, Inuit stick pull, two-foot high kick, Alaskan high kick, seal hop and Dene stick pull.

      Due to COVID-19:

    • All participants must test 72 hours before the event.
    • There will be a limit of eight southeast teams and additional teams will be waitlisted.
    • Non-Southeast teams are limited to six athletes. There is a limit of five non-Southeast teams, additional teams will be waitlisted.
    • Open division (18-plus) is capped at 34 athletes. Additional athletes will be waitlisted.
    • The event will be live-streamed in lieu of spectators.

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