MESA, Ariz – Mesa Community College’s Sixth Annual American Indian Recognition Day basketball games, Dec. 1, 2018, will be the big reveal for the Thunderbird N7 uniforms. MCC was accepted as the first two-year college in the nation to participate in the Nike initiative celebrating Native American Heritage Month. The N7 uniforms are turquoise with red, representing harmony, fellowship an friendship.
Sam Stevens (Navajo), a long-time women’s basketball assistant coach and program advisor in the MCC American Indian Institute, initiated the Recognition Games in 2013 to highlight, during Indigenous Nations Month, the college’s commitment to Native American recruitment and education through sports. The games are sponsored by the MCC American Indian Institute (AII), Thunderbird Athletics, Student Life and the Associated Students of Mesa Community College (ASMCC).
This season (2018-19), MCC women’s basketball signed the following five players representing tribal nations from across the country [as pictured left to right]: Lynnae Mitchell (Navajo), Jacey Salabiye (Navajo), Madison Chesarek (Crow Nation/Three Affiliated Tribes), Iris Domebo (Coeur d’Alene/Kiowa/Nez Perce) and Cheyenne Begay (Navajo).
Both men’s and women’s teams at MCC will don Nike N7 uniforms on Dec. 1, 2018, in their 3rd conference game of the season vs the Phoenix College Bears.