A Team Assist for high school basketball programs

Suns guard Steve Nash signs a basketball for a fan.

The Phoenix Suns and Qwest Communications have partnered to launch the Second Annual “Team Assist” program, a community-outreach initiative designed to provide new basketball equipment to two Arizona high school varsity basketball programs.

Players, coaches, teachers or parents throughout Arizona can nominate their teams at suns.com/assist. Entry forms must be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21 and will be judged on their school’s need for new equipment. Submissions can include digital photos and/or videos to help illustrate need. Applicants are asked how having the new equipment would improve their team’s performance.

Judges clearly are looking for community-minded teams; the form also asks applicants if team members do any volunteer work outside of school and basketball.

Two high schools will be selected to receive $5,000 donations from Qwest to purchase the equipment described in their proposals. The donations will be distributed evenly between the boys’ and girls’ programs at each high school.

The Suns will host both high school basketball programs at a Suns home game during the 2010-11 season.

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