Top local girl basketball players will gain premier exposure in Chicago next week. For the third straight summer, some of the Valley’s best high school girl basketball players have come together to form Desert Storm. The team, sponsored by Nike, features players from various cities including La Quinta, Indio, Yucca Valley, and Cathedral City. The girls play at the public high schools in those cities, and a couple of them attend private schools.
The team will be playing in one of the biggest tournaments in the country, The Tournament of Champions, in Chicago, next week. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these girls,” said Head Coach Greg Ramirez. “They will get to see and play against top notch talent. We are excited and proud to unite some of the top talent from across the Valley. We are moving the needle for girls’ basketball in our region.”
At the tournament, the girls will be watched by several college coaches during each game. “We’re a local nonprofit organization, and we are trying to get out there and give these high school kids as many opportunities as possible to be seen by colleges and hopefully play the highest level of basketball,” said Desert Storm President and Shadow Hills High School boys’ basketball coach Ryan Towner.
As a nonprofit agency, the Desert Storm’s mission is uniting top talent from across the Valley to provide the youth of the region with positive learning life experiences through guidance, counseling, and team sports. The nonprofit believes it is their responsibility ,as community leaders and volunteers, to help motivate the youth in becoming successful contributing members in our society.
Many of the players on the team are at the top of their game academically as well. They volunteer at local charitable organizations, and are interested in positive social impact here in the Valley.