San Antonio Spurs Surprise Youth at Wesley Health & Wellness Center
Methodist Healthcare Ministries has proudly been a longtime host of the Spurs Youth Basketball League. On March 1, nearly 50 league participants were surprised with a unique experience when San Antonio Spurs player, Bryn Forbes, and Spurs assistant coach, Becky Hammon, led a special basketball clinic at Wesley Health & Wellness Center.
After warm-ups, the evening kicked off with Spurs broadcaster Andrew Monaco who spoke to players about the importance of good sportsmanship and teamwork. He then revealed special guests 6x WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon and guard Byrn Forbes, and introduced the Spurs trainers helping at the clinic. The group of boys and girls split up into groups to rotate doing various 8-minute drills to improve their athletic skills while learning teamwork, cooperation and discipline.
“Giving back to our youth is huge. It’s important to help kids fall in love with the game,” said Forbes. “This means the world to me. It reminds me of when I was younger … seeing NBA players was such a big deal for me so it’s cool to be in this position now and it’s fun to interact with the kids.”
The Spurs Youth Basketball League encourages children to remain in school, act with integrity, say no to drugs, make positive choices, and respect one another. It teaches the importance of learning and understanding the fundamentals of basketball while also having fun in a safe environment.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries hosts the Spurs Youth Basketball League during the winter season. It is open to children at Wesley Health & Wellness Center’s academic hall, camps, and children from the local community ages 6-14. To learn more, contact our Recreation & Enrichment department at (210) 922-6922.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. The mission of the organization is "Serving Humanity to Honor God" by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Rio Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.