July 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Rudy Davalos Basketball Center had a familiar chorus of squeaks and cheers, but they weren't just those of the New Mexico Women's Basketball program. Nearly 100 Native American youths from around Albuquerque took part in a clinic as part of the Notah Begay III Foundation. The youngsters were joined by their "instructors", which were UNM Women's Hoops student-athletes.
"It's really exciting with so many boys and girls from the pueblos and reservations here. It's such a cool experience for these youngsters to be here and enjoy a unique opportunity. Our program is honored to help bring the game of basketball to these special visitors," said Video Coordinator Amy Beggin who oversaw the event.
The day's activities included various shooting, dribbling and defensive stations. Other sections included special viewings of highlight reels in the team's video room. All of which brought a certain level of energy to the building.
"Sometimes I look around and wonder who is having more fun? Our players' smiles are just as big as the kids' smiles," Beggin continued.
The youth clinic is just one of many community service projects Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez and the Lobos are involved in. The program regularly visits UNM Children's Hospital and participates in reading campaigns at local schools among others. Coach Sanchez even volunteered to "jail herself" as part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Lock-Up" fundraiser earlier this summer.