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Darling to host camps for hoops

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By NMHU Sports Information

The New Mexico Highlands women’s basketball program has announced several June dates for the annual Tiffany Darling Summer Basketball Camps.

RMAC Academic Player of the Year Alyssa Lopez and some of her Cowgirl teammates will be helping Darling, Highlands’ head women’s basketball coach.

The 2013 Tiffany Darling Summer Basketball Camps are scheduled throughout the month of June with different dates for the varying skill levels of the campers.

The camps begin with the Youth Camp for ages 5-9 on June 3-5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Intermediate Camp, for ages 10-14, is also scheduled for June 3-5, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Darling has scheduled a Shooting Camp (ages 10-18) for June 10-12 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Tiffany Darling Summer Basketball Camps will finish up with Team Camps for varsity and junior varsity teams June 21-23 and June 28-30. Participating teams are guaranteed 8-10 games during their stay.

“Working with young aspiring basketball players always reminds me of why I wanted to get into coaching to begin with. I am very hands on with my summer camps. I love seeing players develop in such a short amount of time,” commented Darling when asked about her dedication to providing young aspiring basketball players with summer instruction.

One of the highlights for campers this summer will be the ability to work with the Cowgirls’ star shooting guard Alyssa Lopez. “Working with the kids brings a sense of joy because they look up to us and even just for a day if we could be that role model for them then we could potentially be influencing them more than we know,” said the RMAC Academic Player of the Year.

Lopez offers insight for campers based on her continued success as the Cowgirls’ main threat on the court: “I want to help them to realize that their dreams can come true if there is heart and commitment for the game of basketball. Along with that I want to help them improve their shot, because at that age fundamentals are so important and they are remembered more.”