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Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission hosts the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games July 5-7

More than 4,000 athletes from 57 tribes will compete in five sports near Queen Creek at the Arizona Athletic Grounds in East Mesa. The weekend includes an all-night softball event, a record number of participating basketball and baseball teams and a 10-year-old competitor in powerlifting.

The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission (ASEC) will host the 2024 Lori Piestewa National Native American Games this weekend, July 5-7, at the Arizona Athletic Grounds in East Mesa, near Queen Creek.

More than 4,000 athletes from 57 tribes in the United States, Mexico and Canada will compete in basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and powerlifting during the three-day event. This year, there will be a record number of teams participating in basketball and baseball, with 200 and 35 participants, respectively.

Games will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 5, and end at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. A full schedule is available at PiestewaGames.com.

A first for the Piestewa Games, the 2024 softball competition will be held overnight, from 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, and will include games for men, women and mixed teams. The powerlifting competition will feature a 10-year-old from Tuba City.

The Arizona Athletic Grounds are located at 6321 S. Ellsworth Road.

The Piestewa Games are named after Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi people who was the first Native American woman to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military.