PVA president Al Kovach Jr., honors Native American junior athlete during Washington, D.C. ceremony
Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) national president Al Kovach Jr., recently joined SPORTS `N SPOKES magazine’s 2015 Junior Athlete of the Year, Noah Blue Elk Hotchkiss, during a ceremony that recognizes young Native American youths for outstanding service within their communities.
Hotchkiss was one of 10 Native youths selected to receive a grant thanks to the Dreamstarter program hosted by Running Strong for American Indian Youth. More than one year later, Hotchkiss has put his plan into motion hosting dozens of accessible basketball camps on Native American reservations across the Southwest.
He continues to advocate for Native American accessible sports and was recently recognized for his efforts during a ceremony hosted by the Center for Native American Youth in Washington, D.C. Kovach joined Hotchkiss in a show of support. The two first met more than six years earlier during a skiing clinic at the Adaptive Sports Association (ASA) in Durango, Colo.
“He's come a long way since I met him six years ago,” says Kovach. “He was the new kid on the block at ASA.”
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