Boys and girls of various ages were decked out Friday, Feb. 8 in their teams’ respective jerseys, which sported the names of well-known pro teams, during opening ceremonies for the SunUte Community Center’s youth basketball league.
Ignacio drum group Yellow Jacket performs traditional songs for the opening and closing of the evening ceremonies.
Southern Ute Council Lady Ramona Y. Eagle stands before the tribal membership to give a heartfelt welcome alongside Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr., Councilman Alex Cloud, and Ute Mountain Ute Vice Chairman Bradley Hight.
SunUte Community Center employees handed out door prizes and giveaways to the young players and their families throughout the night.
Parents and community members give their support to the young players who enthusiastically joined their teammates during opening ceremonies.
Students gathered with their teams and coaches on Friday, Feb. 8 at the SunUte Community Center for the opening ceremonies of the center’s youth basketball league. Teams from Ute Mountain Ute also joined in this year.