ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – For the fifth consecutive year, GCI is proud to sponsor the Native Youth Olympic Games Alaska (NYO) and will celebrate its 45th games April 16-18. Cook Inlet Tribal Council will host NYO at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, located on the University of Alaska Anchorage’s (UAA) campus. All of the events are free to the public.

Over the course of this three-day event, 6,000-plus attendees, as well as competing athletes, will have a chance to win 50,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, a set of Monster DNA headphones, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, and smartphones with three free months of data and voice service from GCI. The company is also providing a monetary donation to NYO.

“At GCI, we seek to support events and organizations that are in line with our company values and share our commitment to Alaska,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Cook Inlet Tribal Council because GCI strongly supports its mission to encourage our state’s youth in areas of academic performance, leadership and health.”

“NYO Games carry on the traditional practice of sharing knowledge with one another,” said Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council.  “NYO athletes help each other succeed in the games, teaching our young people the value of hard work, cooperation and sportsmanship.”

The positive impact of NYO is evident in the Cook Inlet Tribal Council research that has been conducted. Every year, more than 500 student athletes from 7th through 12th grade travel from more than 50 Alaska communities to compete in the traditional Alaska Native games of skill, strength and determination.

As the technology partner of UAA’s Alaska Airlines Center, GCI will also be providing seamless technology, such as wireless Internet access, in the arena throughout the event. GCI also has a retail store in the Alaska Airlines Center, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 16 to 18. NYO attendees and athletes will have an opportunity to purchase devices, services and accessories from the store throughout the event.

Details on the schedule for this year’s NYO is available on the organization’s website. More information about GCI and its ongoing commitment to communities across Alaska is available at

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,300 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at

Jenifer Nelson, GCI, 907-717-5822