WHAT IS THE NABI “FOUNDATION”?
The Foundation was founded by a group of individuals to provide educational programs for Native youth, yet is not owned by its Founders. It is governed by a Board of Directors – a group of individuals with strong business credentials – who’s role predominately includes review and approval of the annual budget and strategic plan. Contrary to “for-profit” companies, our profits at year-end are reserved by the Foundation and utilized for the proceeding year’s budget. Hence, the IRS grants non-profits a “tax exempt” status and tax credit to donors to enhance the Foundation’s programs for the Youth and Communities the Foundation serves.
Based on the knowledge of Native American youth’s talent and love for the game of basketball, NABI Founders recognized the sport as a perfect tool to unite Native youth at a week-long educational program. The program is comprised of opportunities to inspire and create college scholarships resulting in more youth earning his or her college degree. Since its launching in 2003, NABI has become nationally recognized for providing educational youth programs for Native American high school students. Aside from being the largest all Native American Basketball Invitational, it has become an organization more than just basketball; it is an educational platform that provides Native American youth a vehicle to succeed beyond the court. In addition to the Foundation’s youth programs, it has awarded over $290,000 in scholarship funds since its inception.
• 2003: Founders GinaMarie Scarpa of the A.C. Green Youth Foundation, Mark West of the Phoenix Suns, and the late Scott Podleski of the Arizona Rattlers launched NABI.
• 2003: Nike, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury secured as the first supporting sponsors of NABI.
• 2007: The NABI tournament becomes the largest all Native American Basketball Invitational and the first to be sanctioned by the NCAA.
• 2010: NABI Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is created by NABI Founders.
• 2018: The annual Jr. NABI Basketball Camp, in partnership with Jr. Suns/Jr. Mercury, is launched.
• 2018: NABI Foundation featured in Religion of Sports documentary series produced by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Award-Winning Director Gotham Chopra.
• 2019: Launched the 1st Annual NABI Educational Youth Summit.
– 18 speakers/36 presentations
• 2019: President & CEO, GinaMarie Scarpa is awarded the “Believe In Women” award by the WNBA/Phoenix Mercury.
• 2019: Served 1300+ native youth representing over 129 U.S. Tribal Nations. Also, youth from First Nations Canada, Maori Tribe of New Zealand, Samoa and (2) cultural exchange delegations from Italy & Mexico.
• 2019: Collected 454 lbs. of recycle material in partnership with Recycling Coca Cola/Keep America Beautiful.
• 2019: NABI Foundation nominated for an award for using basketball to better a community by the Basketball Hall of Fame/Springfield, MA.
• 2016-2019: Estimated Economic Impact to the city of Maricopa, AZ & Ak-Chin Indian Community of $1.3 million.