Spirit of Sovereignty Slot Tournament Raises $24,000 to Benefit Native Youth

IGT presented a $10,000 check to Spirit of Sovereignty. Pictured L-R: Knute Knudson and Nick Khin of IGT; Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. of the Indian Gaming Association; Ken Bossingham of IGT; David Garelick of Spirit of Sovereignty and the Indian Land Tenure Fund; Tim Shortall and Renato Ascoli of IGT.

Former NBA All Star and three-time champion A.C. Green is accustomed to winning big, and now he has done it again. Green topped the field at the Fourth Annual Slot Tournament to benefit the Spirit of Sovereignty, a fun charity event that raises money for tribal college scholarships and reservation-based programs serving Native youth.

The tournament was held April 21 during the 2022 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in Anaheim, CA. It was hosted by Indian Gaming Association (IGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. in partnership with IGT. Fourteen contestants took part, competing on IGT’s latest TournXtreme® slot game, Hexbreak3r.

The top three finishers in the event donate their winnings to tribal college scholarships or youth programming of their choice. Denise Harvey, Councilwoman with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, finished in second place. Audrey Martinez, Secretary with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, came in third. IGT also made a generous donation of $10,000 in support of tribal college scholarships.

IGA Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. (center) is cheered on by his wife Cheryl Stevens, as Rymax Vice President of Sales Paul Gordon (left) competes alongside during the Fourth Annual Slot Tournament to benefit the Spirit of Sovereignty at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“After a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was so great to gather again with our friends from across Indian Country for this very special event,” said Spirit of Sovereignty coordinator David Garelick, who noted that the $24,000 raised was the most in the history of the tournament.

“A.C. Green is a wonderful guy who has done so much to support and encourage young people. We are grateful to everyone who participated, but we need to give a special thank you to Chairman Stevens and our friends at IGT who have been so supportive of the Spirit of Sovereignty.”

For more information about Spirit of Sovereignty, visit www.spiritofsov.org.