Stickball is one of the oldest sports in North America, historically played by multiple Indigenous Nations. Both men and women enjoyed the game for sportsmanship, mental health, medicine, and even political resolution. Gameplay and stickball sticks have been handed down from generation to generation, and the game continues to be played by Native Nations around the country.
This second annual event will welcome Native American delegations from Oklahoma, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Following an opening ceremony by the Muscogee Nation, players from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Chickasaw Nation, and the Mississippi Choctaw Nations will present live exhibition games in the activity field at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark.
Spectators are invited to learn more about the history of the game and its evolution through the different styles: Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw.
The second annual summit will take place in spring 2025. Check back closer to the date for more information.