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SRPMIC Youth Participate in Phoenix Suns Basketball Camp

A group of SRPMIC youth and coaches at the Phoenix Suns youth basketball camp on June 22 at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix.

About 18 Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community youth participated in a five-day Phoenix Suns youth basketball camp, June 18-22, held at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix.

Participants, ages 6 to 17, worked on basketball skill drills and competed in a tournament. Individual and team awards were given to participants. More than 100 youth participated.

Juan Smith, Jr. and Elaina Smith show off their signed jerseys. Camp participant Gabriella Fulwilder holds up a signed jersey.
On June 22, Suns mascot the Gorilla and player Marquese Chriss visited the camp to help present the awards. Chriss also signed autographs and posed for photos. Sadee Smith was one of the few participants recognized with the coach’s award for her division.

The camp was part of the Jr. Suns basketball league, which “emphasizes fun while encouraging fundamental skill development, teamwork, sportsmanship, positive adult participation and community involvement,” according to the website. For more information on the camp, visit

Phoenix Suns player Marquese Chriss signs autographs for camp participants.
Camp participants include; Baltazar Soliz, Nizhonii Soliz, Juan Smith Jr., Ariana Smith, Maci Smith, Sadee Smith, Seliah Smith, Starla Romero, Lorenzo Romero, Gabriella Fulwilder, Elaina Smith, Elijah Santo, Joseph Schurz, Salese Schurz, Nicholas Acosta, Johnny Acosta and Eli Waters.

(L-R) Ariana Smith, Seliah Smith and Salese Schurz moments after Suns player Marquese Chriss signed their jerseys.