The Family YMCA Hosts TJ Stukes For Basketball Campers

Professional basketball player and now Assistant Coach at Northern New Mexico College TJ Stukes visited campers at the Y gym last week and is shown here teaching Elizabeth Morris to spin a basketball on her finger. Courtesy/Y

TJ Stukes talking to youth about working hard and never giving up on their dreams during a visit last week to the Y Gym. Courtesy/Y

The Family YMCA News:

It’s summer and that means Summer Camps and The Family YMCA is offering a number of different camps for the Summer of 2023. There will be a Summer Camp at Mountain Elementary School and a Summer Sports Camp at various locations such as Urban Park, Los Alamos County Ice Rink and the gymnasium at the Y.

This week The Family YMCA had Basketball in the Gym at the Y. Ben Sandoval with his assistant coaches (Brandon Sandoval, Mackenzie Echave, Samuel Carmer and Zachary Mauro) have been playing with more than 30 kids for a week that peaked with a visit from TJ Stukes.

Stukes has played 20 years of professional basketball and is now the Assistant Coach at Northern New Mexico College. Stukes brought energy, skills and an important message for the campers.

He played football and baseball before he played basketball, he worked hard on playing basketball and became a power dunker, he shattered more than 10 backboards during his career. Working hard is a skill! Set your goals and take that extra step towards making them come true!

Still have no plans for summer?

The Y has sports openings for all skill levels in:


  • Week of June 26


  • Week of July 3 (4th of July is observed) Only 3 spots available, first come first served!


  • Week of July 10

Quad Skate Program:

  • Week of July 10
  • Week of July 24
  • Week of July 31 

About The Family YMCA

The YMCA has a motto: “We don’t turn anyone away for their inability to pay”. This year the YMCA has a fundraising goal of $175,000 that will support financial assistance through need-based scholarships for childcare, memberships and youth programs; as well as program support for the Teen Centers in Los Alamos and Española.

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