Nearly 250 children from both sides of the border took part in a Phoenix Suns basketball camp on Saturday at the Nogales Parks and Recreation Department gymnasium. The camp was offered as part of a newly updated sister cities agreement between the governments of Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Ariz.
In addition to the instruction, participating youngsters received a jersey and Suns-related merchandise. Suns camp staff also offered Rec Department coaches tips on coaching basketball.
Participating children from Mexico were granted U.S. humanitarian visas that allowed them to cross the border for the event, and they arrived at the port of entry starting at 5 a.m. They were bused to the gym by Citizen Auto Stage, which donated its services.
The camp was divided into three stages according to age group, and the photos here are from the session for kids ages 6-9. Other sessions were for children 10-12 and 13-17. Participants were selected from youth leagues in each city based on skills, discipline and good sportsmanship.