Press Releases & Stories

June, 20, 2017
The Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) will tip off it's 15th annual national basketball tournament, presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, NIKE N7, Seminoole Tribe of Florida and Gila River Indian Community, on Sunday, July 9 at 6PM at Copper Sky Park in Maricopa, AZ.
February 23, 2016
The 14th Annual Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI), presented by the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Nike N7 and Seminole Tribe of Florida, will be leaving Phoenix and moving south to the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the town of Maricopa, Ariz.
13th Annual All-Native Basketball Tournament Coming to US Airways Center
June 24, 2015
Once again Phoenix will see hundreds of Native high school-age youth representing teams from all across the United Staes, Canada and New zealand wearing the NABI uniform.
NABI Alumni Eric Green Shuts It Down with DEFENSE!
November 8, 2014
Tribes from all over the country put together teams of high school students. I played in that (NABI). That was pretty cool seeing a lot of Native Americans from all over the country all in one place playing basketball
Native American Basketball Players Show Who's Got Game
July 8, 2014
"Our young people are just like the whites, the blacks, the Mexicans, whatever,” said Yvonne DeCory. “They put their sneakers on just like them, one at a time, and lace ’em up. But Natives? We got game." - Yvonne DeCory
PHX3on3 Basketball Tournament Opens Registration on January 13
January 8, 2014
The PHX3on3 is a new 3-on-3 basketball tournament coming to the streets of downtown Phoenix on April 19-20, 2014. Open to all ages, whether competitive, recreational or spectating, this tournament promises to be an exciting event for families and hoop fans alike.
NABI Alumni ANGEL GOODRICH to be honored at Phoenix Mercury Game
August 9, 2013
To see her play at NABI and now atch her compete at the highest level is inspirational, not only to the mission of the NABI Foundation, but to all our young Native American Athletes inspiring to reach the same level. -GinaMarie Scarpa NABI Co-Founder & CEO
National 3on3 Tournament Coming to Downtown Phoenix!
June 5, 2013
Partnering with NABI on creating a 3-on-3 basketball tournament is incredibly exciting to us. Basketball is an integral part of the Phoenix community and we are thrilled to bring it back to the streets of downtown Phoenix -Rick Steltenpohl Executive Director Spokane Hoopfest
May 16, 2013
The NABI Foundation, known for organizing high profile sporting events for Native American athletes, has reached their all-time goal of organizing a 128 team tournament for its 11th Annual NABI Invitational schedule for July 17-21 in Phoenix, AZ
Angel Goodrich and Schimmel Sisters to be Honored at NABI Championship Games
April 23, 2013
This year we chose to honor all three talented young ladies. Their achievements in the sport of basketball have been inspirational and will continue to inspire our Native American youth for years to come. It was an easy selection. -GinaMarie Scarpa
NABI Alumni Drafted by WNBA
April 17, 2013
Her talent was evident the moment we saw her play. Mark West (NABI Co-Founder) and I just looked at each other and knew she had what it took to make it not only in college, but to the WNBA. To say she is a NABI Alumni is an honor and I will be the first one at the ticket window to see her play in her first game.
2013 NABI Basketball Tournament to Host 128 Teams
April 2, 2013
The NABI Foundation, known for organizing high profile sporting events for Native American athletes, will host 128 teams (64 Boys & 64 Girls teams) for their 11th Anniversary NABI Invitational taking place this July in Phoenix, AZ.
Pro-Golfer Alexandrea Schulte Becomes Newest NABI Ambassador
February 11, 2013
Phoenix based NABI Foundation, a National Native American Youth Foundation, continues to grow with the addition of Alexandrea Schulte and a golf tournament to raise funds for NABI’s expanding programs.
Coach Phil Homeratha Dedication
July 11-15, 2012
2012 NABI Dedicated in the memory of Coach Phil Homeratha/ Haskell Women's Basketball Coach
Tahnee Robinson Appearing at NABI
July 6, 2011
Tahnee, an All American who was drafted by the WNBA and is the new Nike N7 ambassador, will be making a special appearance during the NABI Championship games on Saturday July 9th.
May 31, 2011
The NABI Foundation, known for bringing high profile sports tournaments to Native American youth, has broken a record with 92 teams participating in the NABI Invitational. This summer tournament represents 45 tribes with teams coming from as far away as Alaska and Canada.
Kenny Dobbs “Native Hoopstars” 18 and over Championship Games Presented by NABI Foundation & Nike N7
July 7-9, 2011
Kenny Dobbs “Native Hoopstars” is organized by Kenny Dobbs and is an official partner of the NABI Foundation. Partial proceeds to benefit the NABI Foundation
New Face of NABI
December 18, 2010
The NABI Foundation has received its 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status and the Foundation has officially been launched! What does this all mean? The NABI Foundation, funded through a generous donation from Ak-Chin Indian Community, will now organize the events that were once under Pod Productions, creators of the NABI tournaments, along with creating and implementing new ones!
Ex-Phoenix Suns center Mark West's free camp taking off
December 15, 2010
Not long after Mark West arrived in Phoenix as part of a 1988 trade the Suns made with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he met Brenda Robbins, who worked in the South Phoenix community, and told her he had some ideas about a basketball camp. Full Story on
NABI lands in the Smithsonian
March 19, 2010
When I started down my career path as a sportswriter, never did I imagine that I’d one day be part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian — as a photographer.I’ve taken better photos, but a big part of journalism (and history) is being at the right place, doing the right thing at the right time. And this is how the above image of Fayth Goodrich and her daughters, Nikki Lewis and Angel Goodrich, came to be in the exhibit, “Indivisible,” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (the exhibit will tour the country; see Web site for details). Full Story on The BUZZ
New York Times Front Page Story
November 21, 2005
AKIMA, Wash., Nov. 15 - The stands in the SunDome were unusually full Tuesday night when Yakima's minor league basketball team, the Sun Kings, bounded onto the court for an exhibition game a few days before the start of the season.
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Essence of Rezball Shines at NABI
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Oregon Boys Show Well at the Phoenix Showcase There is the unspoken belief that the sound of the basketball hitting the court is like the pounding of the ceremonial drum which mimics the sound of a heartbeat. Of all the sports introduced into our culture is it any small wonder that basketball is the one sport best suited for the 'wiring' of Native Americans who thrive on the constant motion and full court pressure?
Full Story On Oregon Prep Sports
NABI More Than Basketball
Feb 17, 2009
In 2003, the Native American Basketball Invitational took notice of basketball’s significance across Indian country and, in a very short period of time, made great strides toward helping Native youth utilize their incredible basketball talents for a larger purpose – school success, basketball opportunities and higher education. Now, NABI has pushed the envelope farther, not only using the universal language of basketball, but also the languages of pow wow and baseball as vehicles to get Native youth to realize their dreams.
Full Story In Indian Country Today
NABI Crowns Champions
November 21, 2005
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Angel Goodrich wanted to fit in one more tournament of "just playing around" before she went to work. The incoming freshman for the Kansas women's program returned to the Native American Basketball Tournament for a farewell tour and almost returned home sans championship.
Full Story on ESPN Sports
NABI Showcases Best of Rezball
January 13, 2010
GinaMarie Scarpa has spent the bulk of her adult life trying to help kids. Often it can feel a lot like tilting at windmills: The odds are long and the struggles frequent. Instead of growing frustrated, Scarpa only grew more determined. She worked with former NBA player A.C. Green, eventually becoming the executive director of his youth foundation.
Full Story on ESPN Sports
Rezball Takes Center Stage During NABI
July 24, 2008
Amid the tournament madness of the summer viewing period, players sometimes try to add a dash of flash and pizzazz to their games. In the middle of a gym in an Orlando or Chicago, it can sometimes look showy and can falter if a teammate isn't expecting the no-look pass. This week, in gyms scattered throughout Phoenix, it won't look a touch out of the ordinary.
Full Story on ESPN Sports
Rezball a sanctuary for Native American kids
July 10, 2010
The sun had just come up when A.C. Green heard the unmistakable bounce of a basketball. He looked out the window of his Prescott cabin and saw a group of teenagers running up and down the court. Green, whose camp for underprivileged kids was about to wrap up, recognized them instantly. They were the kids that kept their heads down to avoid eye contact and rarely said a word when spoken to.
Full Story on ESPN Sports


  • “Playing in NABI made me realize what kind of future I wanted for myself. NABI gives Native American high school basketball players an opportunity to take their education to high levels”

    D.P Window Rock, AZ
  • “NABI made my perspective on life much broader than it was before and with that knowledge, it gave me strength to never give up on my dreams.”

    D.B Bellingham, WA