The Junior Native Youth Olympics kicked off Friday in Anchorage.

Student athletes from schools around Alaska gather each year to represent not only their schools, but also their heritage by taking part in traditional Native games.

One of the sports is the high kick, a game designed to test flexibility and agility as athletes attempt to kick a small ball that moves higher with each successful round.

On Saturday, the two-foot high kick event for third- and fourth-graders was captured by photographer Rick Boots, who shared the photos above.

Other events at this year’s Junior NYO include the wrist carry, arm pull, kneel jump and seal hop, among others. Each is designed to strengthen and test athletes in various ways, and reflect different aspects of the subsistence lifestyle.

Sunday’s events start at 10 a.m. at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Spirit Drive on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

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