Mateo’s Mighty Warriors

For the second year running, Yakima Valley Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted a special basketball clinic for children with special needs and their siblings through Children’s Village Parent to Parent program.

This year’s event was extra special, named “Mateo’s Mighty Warriors,” in honor of Mateo Gonzalez, a little boy who passed away last year. He loved basketball and participating in the many Children’s Village activities and events.

“We love doing this clinic,” YVCC coach Greg Oldam said. “This is a special opportunity for our players to connect with the community and for these awesome kids and families to come out and play some basketball!”

The clinic was customized for each child. Players teamed up individually with the children and engaged on their level. From shooting hoops to dribbling or rolling the basketball on the gym floor, the players gave lots of encouragement and everyone had a blast working on new skills!

YVCC was generous to donate special t-shirts displaying “Mateo’s Mighty Warriors” and after a fun time playing basketball, everyone enjoyed a yummy pizza lunch.

A big thank you to the YVCC basketball programs for supporting children with special needs and their families through this wonderful event.

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