Sept. 29, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico women's basketball squad is teaming up with The Y of Central New Mexico this Saturday, Oct. 1 for the organization's Super Sign-Up Day, a registration event for the Y Youth Basketball Winter League.
First-year head coach Yvonne Sanchez and the Lobos will be at the HB and Lucille Horn Y location at 4901 Indian School from 12-2:30 p.m. to meet and greet youth league participants. The Lobos will also sign autographs, discuss the upcoming season, hand out schedules and provide basketball advice for aspiring hoopsters.
"It's always good for our team to get out in the community," Sanchez said. "It's great for our university, great for our team, and great for the kids that we're working with. The girls love helping the kids and getting them involved in sports at a young age, so that's really the most important thing." Over 1,100 Albuquerque area youth participated in the Y's Youth Basketball Winter League last year, so first-year director of basketball development Darvin Ham is looking forward to Saturday's event.
"We are very excited and honored to have Coach Sanchez and the UNM Women's basketball team donate their time and support to our youth basketball league," Ham said. "They truly are leaders in the Albuquerque community and admirable for their contributions to the youth that impact the entire state of New Mexico."
The Y's Super Sign-Up Day runs 12-5 p.m. on Saturday and will be held at three Y locations -- Horn, McCleod Mountainside and Westside.
The Youth Basketball Winter League begins in early November and ends with a series of play-off games and a league championship. A variety of league levels are available for youth aged 4-6, and those in kindergarten through 12th grade.
For more information about the Y Youth Basketball League and Saturday's Super Sign-up Day, contact the CNM-YMCA Director of Basketball Operations Neil C. Holmes at 505-301-1169, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A league brochure can also be found on the CNM-YMCA's website, www.ymcacnm.org.