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Beyond the court: Gila Ridge girls basketball collects 550 items for Amberly's Place

The Gila Ridge High School girls basketball team recently had the opportunity to extend their influence beyond the court and into Amberly’s Place, the nonprofit dedicated to supporting victims of abuse.

From Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, the team hosted a fundraising drive for Amberly’s Place and collected approximately 550 items for donation. These items ranged from foods like cereal and pasta to essential hygiene products like diapers and wipes.

According to the Yuma Union High School District, Gila Ridge girls basketball coach and health teacher Lindsay Martin has been involved in the community since before she started teaching and coaching. She came up with the idea for the team to start a drive for Amberly’s Place as a way of getting them involved.

“We are showing these young ladies that it is not just about basketball,” Martin said. “It is who you are as people at the end of the day. These girls want to help and be involved not just in school but in the community.”

The team set up donation boxes around campus, encouraged people to participate in the drive on social media and teachers hosted class competitions tracking who donated the most items.

The drive ended during the senior night girls basketball game against Desert Ridge High School. Personnel from the Yuma Police Department and Amberly’s Place attended the event and Miss Yuma County, Haley Wright, sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“Amberly’s Place is a nonprofit and it’s up to us, the community, to keep them running and I hope it encourages more people and other teams to host fundraisers and drives,” GRHS Girls Basketball Team Captain Holly Binder said.

Sisko J. Stargazer can be reached at 928-539-6849 or

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