Alumni Honored in Washington by NativeVision Program
On December 2, the national NativeVision program honored two Tower Hill alumni and two current students for their outstanding youth service leadership at the 16th Annual “Evening with the Stars” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Alumni include Trip Ashley ’10 and Zoe Blake ’11; current students are Seniors David Kullman and Stephen Kullman.
NativeVision is an unprecedented enrichment and empowerment initiative for Native American youth and their families, operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, in partnership with the NFL Players Association.
At annual NativeVision camps, these students performed massive feats of manual labor—setting up and breaking down all six sports clinics, setting up meals for up to 3,000 tribal community members and serving the vast needs of children and professional athletes who participate. Says NativeVision co-founder and Tower Hill alumna Allison Barlow '82, “They pause at no task. They work tirelessly—14 hours a day in heat and wind, never tipping a smile.”
In addition to their service at past NativeVision camps, Trip, David and Stephen worked through friends and families of the Tower Hill boys' lacrosse team to raise over $10,000 for NativeVision over the past two years.
NativeVison was founded in 1996 in response to a call to action from Ret. General Colin Powell, when he led the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Youth. The hallmark of the NativeVision program is the annual summer camp, which rotates to different reservations across the country each June. Over 60 professional athletes from six sports volunteer each summer to serve as coaches and mentors for 1000 Native children who attend the camp.
As part of their recognition at the “Evening with the Stars” gala on December 2, the NativeVision founders acknowledged, “We celebrate these youth service leaders tonight because they honor the spirit of Native Vision. That spirit is one in which people from across America…from all walks of life join forces to make the world a better place. We salute you and thank you, and can’t wait to follow your bright paths into the future!”