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Send a Native to Nationals!

$1,871raised of $2,500 goal

Organizer: Faith Price Beneficiary: Kiyana Price

Kiyana Price, Lakota/Wampanoag, has qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympic National Gymnastic Championships in Minneapolis in May. Help us get her there!

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Help send a Native to Nationals!  Kiyana Price, Lakota/Wampanoag, is one of the highest ranked gymnasts in the state of Montana.  She was the all-around state champ at Level 10 for the state of Montana in March, competed at Regionals in Seattle, and qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympic National Gymnastic Championships in Minneapolis May 8-12. The trip will cost about $2500 and she could use your help to get there!

This is the first time in nearly 20 years that Missoula, Montana has sent female gymnasts to Nationals. Kiyana has been competing for the Mismo gym since she was 7 years old.  She has been MT state AA champion for levels 5, 6, 8 and 10 (twice). She is now a 16 year old sophomore in high school, and is aiming for a college scholarship for her sport.   After 9 years of hard work (she works out about 20-25 hours a week year round) this is her first time qualifying for Nationals.

"Gymnastics has been my passion almost my entire life.  It's not a casual sport, it requires daily dedication and drive all year round," says Kiyana.  "I've put so much into gymnastics for so long so that, for me, going to nationals is finally having something to show for what I've put into this sport.  I see it as my chance to prove to myself and everyone else that I'm capable of being great and I deserve to be there."

Kiyana lives with her grandparents, George and Barbara Price, on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana.  She is the daughter of the late Lemuel Price.

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by Faith Price
Kiyana competed this past Saturday at Nationals in Minneapolis!  Although she didn't do as well as she'd hoped, it was an amazing experience for her competing against the best gymnasts in the country.  Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who helped get her there financially, and also a big THANK YOU to those who supported her efforts, got excited for her, and cheered her on!!!  We were overwhelmed with the warm and encouraging response from people across the country! Wow!
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by Faith Price
Kiyana arrived in Minneapolis yesterday, accompanied by her Grandma.  She got her official "Region 2" leotard (see new pic).  Today was their only practice, before she competes this weekend!!  Feeling loved and supported by the thousands throughout Indian Country sending her support. Thanks all!
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by Faith Price
Nationals is one week away! Kiyana is spending an average of 4.5 hours in the gym every day, "getting excited," as she puts it!  Woohooo!  Catch the fever! :)
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