Hoops 4 Hope
Since 2000, the New Mexico state legislature has put aside politics to play basketball during final days of the legislative session. Instead of dividing along party lines, the legislature divides into the House of Representatives “Aggies” and the Senate “Lobos” for a competitive basketball game. In 2004, our lawmakers decided to use the game as a fundraiser to help raise money in honor of Rep. Ray Ruiz, who died of lung cancer that year.
As of 2004, community volunteers and fundraisers have raised more than $175,000. All proceeds have benefited the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient Care Fund, which is an assistance fund available to ALL New Mexicans in need of help as they battle cancer.