Ellen and Michael Kullman made a $1 million contribution to NativeVision in 2014 to support the program’s expansion over the next five years. Founded in 1996, NativeVision has grown to become one of the country’s largest health and fitness initiatives for Native American youth. The program engages professional and collegiate athletes (lacrosse, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track) as volunteer mentors to promote healthy lifestyles, physical activity and the pursuit of education. At the free summer camp, the athlete-mentors conduct sports clinics interspersed with breakout sessions that promote self-esteem, perseverance, healthy living habits and staying in school. These lessons are further promoted in year-round after-school programs for elementary through high school youth. The Kullman family gift will support larger NativeVision camps, strengthen existing after-school programming, and help launch after-school programs in additional tribal communities.
The Kullman children share their parents’ commitment: Steven and David volunteered at the NativeVision camps during their high school years and raised more than $10,000 for NativeVision by collecting pledges for goals scored by their lacrosse team. Their older sister Maggie has also volunteered with the program.