Isabel Gonzalez
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There are things more important in life than basketball, and that’s what the University of New Mexico men’s basketball staff is trying to show their players and the community. On Monday, the Lobos are putting on a clinic for patients and former patients of the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico. The UNM dance team will also be a part of it.

The day will begin with the children watching the Lobos practice for about an hour. The clinic following the practice will include games and a meal with the team. Assistant coach Jerome Robinson’s wife volunteered to help organize the event, as the family feels close to the cause.

On July 10, Robinson tweeted about his niece, Olivia Leigh, undergoing 40 days of radiation treatment for 40 minutes. At the top of his Twitter page, Robinson pinned a link to a fundraising page that gives more details on her experience.

“My brother is challenging all our followers to workout/activity for 40 min in honor of Olivia who can’t do what she loves just yet,” read the tweet that included a video of Lobo basketball players working out in honor of her.

The Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico was established in 1972 and according to the website, they provide services to over 300 children and their families each year.

“It’s important to know that there is more to life than being a basketball player or a basketball coach,” Robinson said. “We want to teach that to our players. Not just help them see how fortunate they are, but also that they have a responsibility to do their part in the community.”

Anyone interested in making a donation to the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico can do so here: http://www.ccfnm.org/donate/

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