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The Colorado Mesa University Women’s and Men's Basketball teams spent an afternoon at Thunder Mountain Elementary School mentoring children in a day of generosity, mentoring and giving back to the community.

Over a dozen CMU athletes helped dedicate hoops donated to the school from CMU and they hosted a basketball skills clinic for the children following the ceremony. 

CMU|now was at the event capturing the excitement and enthusiasm as Thunder Mountain Elementary students shared in their love of the game with CMU university mentors. 


When asked about the project, women's head coach Taylor Wagner explained that he knew something was missing from the school playground after his daughter, a student of Thunder Mountain, mentioned there were not enough hoops for kids to play basketball.

The lack of sports equipment sparked an idea that resulted in a trip to the CMU Department of Athletics storage facility, where he found a number of rims and poles not currently in use at CMU. Wagner believed the items might be a good fit for the Thunder Mountain Elementary School playground. He called Diane Carver, the school principal, who agreed additional hoops would benefit the children.



Joining over one hundred elementary students for the occasion was CMU President Tim Foster and Mesa County School District 51 Superintendent Diana Sirko. Both provided remarks during the donation ceremony in addition to observing the hoops clinic. 

“Diane Carver worked closely with CMU as well as FCI Constructors to have the installation of the hoops done for free, and just in time for spring,” said Sirko. “Today her resourcefulness and the generosity of FCI and CMU Athletics resulted in an amazing experience for these Thunder Mountain students.”

CMU also donated additional hoops to Tope Elementary School, and FCI Constructors installed the hoops at both Tope and Thunder Mountain.


Written by David Ludlam