Our Story

Founder and CEO, Kendal Netmaker, grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan. He was single-parented, came from a low-income family and had little opportunity to be involved in any extra-curricular activities as a youth.

It wasn't until in elementary when he had met a life-long friend from South Africa who literally changed his life forever. His friend noticed Kendal was skilled in soccer and wondered why he wasn't playing on the same sports teams that he was playing on. Kendal had told his friend that he had no way of paying the registration fees and had no means traveling to and from the games/practices.

Soon after, his South African friend pulled him aside and said, "Kendal, I told my parents what you told me and they want to pay for your fee to play on my soccer team and we can even drive you to the reserve after all games/practices". Kendal was astounded that someone so kind would do this for him and accepted the opportunity. This allowed Kendal to be part of many sports teams and continue with his education.

 


This family eventually gave Kendal's family a running vehicle which enabled him and his sisters to become involved in sports that carried them through high school and into university. Kendal has been part of, and witnessed what sports can do for youth by developing elite athletes and future leaders!

Without his friends' help, Kendal wouldn't have a landed a college volleyball scholarship after graduating high school, finish university and create an award-winning company!

Today, Neechie Gear is committed to giving a portion of proceeds to help underprivileged kids to play sports! Together, we can change many lives through sports!

AWARDS

2011 Enactus Saskatchewan Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion

2011 Wilson Centre i3 Idea Challenge - $10,000 Winner

2011 CANDO Economic Developer of the Year - Aboriginal Private Sector Business Award

2012 Saskatoon's Finest Entrepreneur

2012 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Abex Award - Community Involvement

2012 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Abex Award - Aboriginal Partnership

2013 Better Business Bureau Torch Award - Retail Category

2013 CBC Future 40 Recipient

2013 Mclean's Magazine Future Leaders 25 Under List

2013 Sype Volta Award - Saskatchewan Young Entrepreneur of the Year

2013 NCAIED Res Arizona $20,000 Business Plan Competition Winner

2014 University of Saskatchewan Alumni of Influence Award

2015 Indspire Award - Youth First Nation

2015 CCAB National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award

2015 Runner-up - YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year

2015 Saskatchewan Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year

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