Profiles of a Nation

Chickasaw athletes, coaches and sports figures exemplify the tribe's unconquerable spirit and unwavering determination. Hear their stories and experience their infectious sense of teamwork and competition.

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Addison & Abbey Kliewer

Chickasaw sisters and accomplished American quarter horse riders
Sisters Addison and Abbey Kliewer have had a passion for showing American quarter horses since their earliest years growing up in Cordell, Oklahoma.

Bo Overton

Continuing his family's legacy of a love for basketball
As a native of Norman, Oklahoma, Bo Overton grew up loving the Oklahoma Sooners and attending football and basketball games.

Brandon Bailey

Major league baseball pitcher credits his Chickasaw heritage for his strength and uses his platform to advocate for First American issues
Brandon Bailey is a proud Chickasaw citizen, major league baseball pitcher and advocate for First American youth in sports.

Bryce Petty

Award-winning professional football player
Meet Bryce Petty, Chickasaw citizen and former starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

Canoe-Kayak Team

A one-of-a-kind, Olympic-style canoe and kayak program for young Chickasaws
The Chickasaw RIVERSPORT Canoe/Kayak program is made up of a group of Chickasaw youth working toward becoming accomplished paddlers.

Dallas Sealey

No Stranger to Hard Work and the Chickasaw Warrior Spirit
Lawton, Oklahoma native Dallas Sealey grew up with a football in his hands.

Ezra Johnson

Veteran of the Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts program
Chickasaw teenager Ezra Johnson counts himself lucky to have discovered the Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts Program when he was 12 years old.

Gerald Brisco

A Chickasaw Warrior, Through-and-Through
Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame member Gerald Brisco is a true Chickasaw warrior, through-and-through.

Jeremy Tims

Setting a positive example for others as a college athlete and man of faith
Jeremy Tims counts athletics, his faith and his heritage as some of the most important things in his life.

Johnson Wagner

He always knew his Chickasaw ancestry to be a positive aspect of his life
Johnson Wagner says he grew up with an athletic family and always knew his Chickasaw ancestry to be a positive aspect of his life.

Katie Callaway

A strong sense of appreciation for her Chickasaw heritage
Born in England and raised in Oklahoma, Chickasaw citizen Katie Callaway grew up with a strong sense of respect for her native heritage.

Kaylea Arnett

The most decorated diver in ACC collegiate history
Kaylea Arnett is a Chickasaw citizen and All-American diver.

Kobi Crossley

Fearless, fighting through adversity and leading by example
Chickasaw citizen Kobi Crossley first picked up a softball at the age of four and has never looked back.

Louden Johnson

A star football player and high school scholar
Louden Johnson is an accomplished Chickasaw student and athlete at Wayne High School in Oklahoma and is the nephew of Oklahoma State Rep. Lisa Billy.

Mike Weatherford

The first Native American to officiate in the NFL
What a long way Chickasaw citizen Mike Weatherford has come since he started his career as a middle school football referee in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Peyton "Beans" Factor

Rising star in the golf world and accomplished student-athlete
Up-and-coming junior championship golfer Peyton "Beans" Factor is gifted on the course and in the classroom.

Shay Buchanan

A strong Chickasaw spirit of strength and determination
Chickasaw citizen Shay Buchanan was the Oklahoma State Olympian of the Year at the 2007 Special Olympics state competition.

Steve Paniagua

Racing Ahead of Challenges
Chickasaw citizen Steve Paniagua is the president of the Chickasaw Cycling Club.

Tohmi Carney

Embodying the Chickasaw warrior spirit
Wrestler Tohmi Carney hopes to follow his Chickasaw warrior spirit all the way to the Olympics.

Tyler Gillum

Banana Ball, a viral sensation sweeping the country, is attracting millions of fans and this proud Chickasaw leads the way
Chickasaw Tyler Gillum is fulfilling his lifelong dream of coaching baseball with the one-of-a-kind Savannah Bananas.