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Alex Kirk Donates To UNM-LA Summer Program

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By The Staff

Pro basketball player Alex Kirk visited the UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) campus on June 13 to make a $1,000 donation to UNM-LA Community Education’s Summer Program for Youth (SPY). UNM-LA Community Education Program Coordinator Mike Katko said, “With this support from Alex, we will be able to add a component about living a healthy lifestyle to our regular programming.”

The donation was made from the Alex Kirk Foundation, whose mission is “To raise awareness in our communities, families, schools and local agencies to foster the recognition and growth of physical activity for boys and girls.” 

A local success story, Alex played basketball for Los Alamos High School and The University of New Mexico Lobos prior to starting his professional career. 

He has played with the NBA, and for teams in Italy, China and Turkey, and he will return to Alvark Tokyo in Japan for a second season in the fall.

During the short time he is in his hometown this summer, Alex has awarded three scholarships, sponsored basketball camps in Los Alamos, Española, and Clayton, provided funds to support the local junior golf program and helped refinish the floor of the basketball court at the Española Teen Center.

Alex’s father, Judge Alan Kirk said, “It’s important to Alex to stay grounded in New Mexico. Additionally, it’s exciting for children in these smaller communities to have an opportunity to interact with a professional world athlete.”

“We appreciate Alex’s commitment to the youth in Northern New Mexico and his support of the UNM-LA summer programs. Alex represents someone who has successfully pursued his passion as a career and who consistently gives back to his community,” said UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. 

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.