Our Sports Leagues offer youth the encouragement and self-esteem they need to become strong, healthy adults. ZYEP offers basketball, flag football, and soccer leagues for youth ages 7-12.
Basketball has long been a popular sport in Zuni. In the spring of 2011 we started the Healthy Options, Organized Play Zuni (HOOPZ) Youth Basketball League to help young players, ages 6-12, build fundamental basketball skills while having a great time.
In the spring of 2017, the Performance Academy introduced the NBA Youth Basketball League, where a group of young coaches ages 18-24 came together to teach and encourage the youth to learn the sport of basketball and learn to become a team.
Sixteen teams of twelve players each held twice-weekly practices. Each team was given a team name adopted from the National Basketball Association (NBA).
This became a great community event with games held on Friday nights for 5 weeks. Applications to join our Basketball League will be available in January.
In 2014, ZYEP started our first baseball season. It was a huge success, with over 130 children ages 5-12 playing with the support of our committed community partners. Community members and parents coached teams, brought snacks, and were a great support for our young players.
We hope to continue this success through the construction of a new ZYEP Youth Complex. The fields we used in 2014 were removed to make room for a new elementary school. If field space permits, applications will be available for baseball in 2017.
In the fall of 2016, the ZYEP Performance Academy introduced the NFL Flag Football Youth League, where 150 youth between the ages of 7 to 12 had the opportunity to learn the sport of flag football in a fun and supportive environment. Twenty young coaches were given training to bring out the best in each child and to act as role models for their teams. The league consisted of fourteen teams of twelve. See the team photos for the Zuni League and the Shiwi League
Before the summer of 2010, most Zuni kids had never kicked a soccer ball. Since most had never had the opportunity to play, we weren't sure what to expect during our first summer soccer camp. But after week one, it was clear we needed to bring soccer to Zuni.
We then created two soccer teams that practiced in Zuni and played in the Gallup league. By fall 2011 we had formed our very own league with 6 teams. We have continued to grow to a total of 12 teams (six teams for the 6-8 age group and six teams for 9-12 years). We are lucky to have tons of amazing volunteer coaches, fantastic parents, and community members who support our youth.
Applications are available in August for soccer. All applications are on a first-come first-serve basis. Please drop off your application at the ZYEP office as soon as possible. Use the button below to request an application.
See our Soccer Gallery
Support Our Teams
There are many ways to support our teams. Please consider:
- Coaching a team
- Hosting a fundraiser
- Helping with summer camp
- Donating sports equipment
- Sponsoring team jerseys
Please contact us to explore any of these options.
Sponsor a Sports Team
We are thankful for team sponsors like CenturyLink, Notah Begay III Foundation, Nike N7 Fund, Ancient Way Cafe, Halona Plaza, First Financial Credit Union, Tate's Auto, Keshi Gallery, and Chu Chu's Restaurant who make the league possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor.