Minneapolis, MN – The YMCA of the North, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, is collaborating with Wilson Sporting Goods to host two free events during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four in Minneapolis on March 31.

The two free events include:

Panel Discussion: A Career in Sports

Thursday, March 31
3:30-4:30 p.m.
North Community YMCA
1711 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Approximately 50 high school students from local Beacons after school programs in Minneapolis will hear from leaders who will share their educational, basketball and career experiences. Panelists include:

  • Moderator: Ari Chambers, Founder of highlightHER
  • Rachel Banham, player at Minnesota Lynx in the Women’s National Basketball Association
  • Blake DuDonis, Head Coach of Women’s Basketball at University of Wisconsin River Falls
  • Amanda Lamb, Senior Global Marketing Director at Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Kristin Overton, Global Associate Marketing Manager at Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Shannon Snelgrove, Product Line Manager at Wilson Sporting Goods
  • Julia Muscarello, Product Design at Wilson Sporting Goods

Girls’ Youth Basketball Clinic

Thursday, March 31
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Eagan YMCA
550 Opperman Drive
Eagan, MN 55123

Over 60 girls aged 6-12 year old will participate in a free basketball session led by coaches from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Participants will perform drills to improve fundamental basketball skills. 

“Our Y welcomes the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four teams and fans to Minnesota and look forward to offering opportunities for local youth to participate in fun events,” said Glen Gunderson, president of the YMCA of the North.  “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Wilson Sporting Goods, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and YUSA to provide youth with events to build skills and lifelong experiences.”

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Established 166 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.