The 24th annual Basketball in the Barrio returns to the Armijo Recreation Center June 15-17 from 9am- 3pm, catering to children ages 6-10.   One of the most valued and storied traditions in the Sun City has helped countless children over the years and continues to serve as a positive influence for the youth of El Paso.  A one dollar donation covers the cost of the 3-day camp, and various activities include basketball skills, music, dance and arts.

This event was founded by former UTEP and NMSU assistant basketball coach Rus Bradburd and Miner's color analyst Steve Yellen in 1992.  Most importantly, it teaches the youth of our city about leadership, literary skills, basketball and about some of the best culture that we have to offer.  The program has brought numerous guests in the past to speak with the kids, some of the more notable ones include Greg Foster, Tim Floyd, Dan Wetzel, Ben Osborne and Shawn Harrington.

Photo courtesy of Rus Bradburd.

The festivities officially get underway on Thursday night from Tricky Falls with a fundraiser, as fans can meet Shawn Harrington, the subject of Bradburd's new book "All the Dreams We've Dreamed" at 6pm.  Without question, this timeless tradition continues to truly make a difference in El Paso on a yearly basis, and is one of the highlights of the summer for numerous kids in the Borderland.