I started my football career in high school and became an All State tight end my senior year for Rogers High School in Spokane, WA. I received a scholarship to University of Oregon. I was not ready for this first year of college and transferred to the University of Montana where my mentors and coaches helped me attain All-American status by my senior year and my shot at the NFL.
We as Native Americans have always known words have power and I spread hope through the power of positivity. I first shared when I was six years old that I wanted to play in the NFL and was laughed at. I look to empower our youth to set a dream and shoot for it. We must not perceive failure as a negative but a lesson learned in our journey.
2005-First Team All State Tight End
2009-First Team Big Sky Left Tackle
2009-Third Team All American Associated Press and The Sports Network
2009-First Team All-American AFCA
2009-University of Montana Paul Weskamp Award
2011- Top 40 under 40 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Blackfoot (Blood Tribe)
-My Journey and How I Changed
-The UN-Traditional Cultural Journey
-Drug and Alcohol Education
-Skills Athletes Use on and Off the Field
-Empowering Our Native Youth -Workshop for Professionals
Levi is a truly genuine individual that leads with his heart. His down-to-earth mannerism coupled with his inspiring story and ability to make that story palatable to any audience makes him second to none. Being in the field for 10 years and I have never witnessed an individual captivate a group of kids the he did
In my career and practice I have learned to catch the successes and not harbor the negativity throughout failures. We can change our perception of these events with skills and the practice of mindfulness. When we come from traumatic backgrounds we sometimes are not taught the social skills needed to maneuver this world.
Thank you to my Mother as she always told me I am special, my wife for the support while I reach for my dreams, my sister who kept me in line and all the Native women that kept our people moving
I started telling my story over ten years ago in college to help inspire Native Youth to reach for their dreams. I have developed my workshops after reflecting on the question," Why are there not more Native athletes?" I combined simple ideas with Dialectical Behavioral coping skills I have learned while being a licensed drug and alcohol counselor.