YVCC Basketball teams connect on the court with kids who have special needs!

The Yakima Valley Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted a special basketball clinic on November 10th for children with special needs and their siblings through Children’s Village Parent to Parent program.

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!

“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!”

This year’s clinic was named “Mateo’s Mighty Warriors” in honor of little Mateo G, who passed away this year. He loved participating in the basketball clinic as well as many of the other Parent to Parent activities at the Village.

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 goes out to the YVCC basketball programs for supporting children with special needs and their families through this amazing clinic.

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