Chavez Girls Basketball Wraps Up While Boys Program Continues

Posted by Community Relations on 2/15/2012 12:00:00 PM

The Champions Basketball team entered the Division I, Section I tournament as the top seeded school in the eight-team event, and 5th in all of Division I, according to power rankings.  The tournament, February 8-11 will determine seeding for the 24-team Division I tournament which begins February 16.


The Chavez Girls Basketball team finished 9-9, one place out of the sectional playoffs, but it was a memorable season as the adopted team of the WNBA Phoenix Mercury.  The Mercury was on hand for Senior Night, February 2 when nine of the 11 team members were honored.  The Mercury brought out its hip hop squad, mascot Scorch, a DJ, and front office personnel, including President Amber Cox.  There was a big crowd, and the home team won the game.  Throughout the year, the Mercury donated new uniforms, shoes, travel bags and travel sweats, coaching shirts and are helping with a team banquet.  The Champions did many community service events with the Mercury, such as raising money for Tsunami victims, a water drive for the Girl Scouts, participating in a Cancer Walk, taking families shopping for Christmas, and sharing tickets and time with local elementary students.  The girls attended Mercury games, including taking their dads to a U.S. Airways Arena suite for Father’s Day.  Later this spring, they will attend an etiquette dinner. 


“This has been a tremendous opportunity for our girls.  The Mercury have been great,” Coach Bernadette Campas said.   “Anytime we contacted them, they were more than willing to help.  We can’t thank them enough.  Our girls have learned valuable lessons about giving to others, and what it takes to be successful in sports and in life.”


The Mercury has adopted Phoenix Union teams from Camelback, Trevor Browne, Carl Hayden and Maryvale since the program began.