Buffs Team Up With 'I Have A Dream' Foundation

BOULDER - The University of Colorado women's basketball program teamed up with members of the Boulder County "I Have A Dream" Foundation this past week for a basketball clinic at Columbine Elementary School.

About two dozen Columbine Elementary third graders, members of the "I Have A Dream" program's 2010 "Phoenix Class," received instruction from the Buffaloes. All seven returning players and several staff members represented the program. Led by head coach Linda Lappe, the clinic was used to teach basic basketball skills as well as provide life skills lessons to the attendees.

"The I Have a Dream Foundation is a fantastic organization and one that strives to help kids achieve success by providing the platform and resources," Lappe said. "Our players and staff had a great time interacting with the Phoenix Class and we will definitely return."

The "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County is dedicated to motivate and empower children from low-income communities to reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. "I Have A Dream" is a long-term and year-round program that works with the same group of children from their elementary school years through college.

 "It's important for our team to realize how significant they are in the community in which they live and how positive of an impact they can have," Lappe said. "It was also a chance for us to say thanks to the Boulder community for all they do for CU and our Women's Basketball program."

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