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Citizen scores game-winning touchdown
TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma — Muscogee (Creek) citizen Kethan Harjo was named offensive MVP for the Native All-Star Football Classic held July 7 at Doc Wadley Stadium on the campus of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
The NASFC has been held since 2002 and is presented by Native ReVision, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Dallas.
According to the organization’s website, Native ReVision utilizes competitive sport to support and challenge Native American student-athletes and supports and guides at-risk Native American male students through athletic programs, annual events and individual mentoring.
American Indian and Alaska Native high school seniors gathered for a weeklong combine that included practices, camaraderie and workshops as well as speaking sessions from prominent Native Americans from all walks of life.
The week culminated with the game on Saturday night pitting the Blue Eagles against the Red Hawks.
Harjo, a wide receiver, caught what would be the game-winning touchdown with just over two minutes left in an eventual 14-7 victory for the Red Hawks.
Harjo mentioned that while the game and his performance were certainly an exciting end to the week, it was the process of getting there that he took the most from.
“It was a fun experience. I had lots of learning and got a little bit of a taste how a college athlete’s life would be,” Harjo said. “If you weren’t in practice, you were in a meeting; and if you weren’t doing that, you were at lunch or dinner. You were always with your teammates all the time, creating a special bond with some good dudes.”
Harjo said he would like to continue his playing career but for now, plans to attend the College of the Muscogee Nation in the fall.