February 1, 2019

Elite Youth Sports NM Partners with Vera Jo Bustos of VJ’s Elite to be the Official Basketball Trainer for Elite Youth Sports NM and its Jr. NBA of Albuquerque Basketball League


VJ's Elite

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Today, Elite Youth Sports NM announced that it has partnered with Vera Jo Bustos, owner of VJ’s Elite and Director of Operations for the UNM Women’s Basketball team, to be the official trainer of Elite Youth Sports NM’s Jr. NBA of Albuquerque basketball League.

“Vera Jo comes with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and a track record of success that will truly benefit the youth who take part in the Jr. NBA of Albuquerque,” said Executive Director of Elite Youth Sports NM Gabriel Sandoval.  “Vera Jo’s basketball pedigree and experience with sports mentality training will truly provide our league members with the necessary basketball and mental skills to not only improve their basketball games, but to make sure they are mentally prepared to succeed on the court and in life.”

Vera Jo Bustos is a graduate of West Las Vegas High School where she still holds records for points (2,069), rebounds (935), assists (536), and steals (331).  As a 3-time New Mexico Athlete of the Year selection, Vera Jo went on to play for Adams State University where she capped her college career by becoming the Grizzlies All-Time career scoring leader (1,859), and where she helped lead the Grizzlies to their second ever NCAA Division II tournament appearance and first ever Sweet 16 appearance in school history.  After college, Vera Jo spent one year playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece where she averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie in the Top Division Greek League.  Vera Jo graduated with degrees in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology and she holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration.

"I am beyond excited to partner with Elite Youth Sports NM.  We share a vision in providing the youth of New Mexico with opportunities to increase their skill, knowledge of the game, and most importantly, the confidence to chase their dreams!,” said Vera Jo Bustos.   “Sport is a nice parallel to life. Under the right leadership, the lessons learned through the game of basketball can serve as a solid foundation for character, discipline, mental toughness, and overcoming adversity. Coaching isn't just about the sport, it's about helping young athletes reach their highest potential as a person and setting a solid foundation for life. I am humbled to join in on this journey with Elite Youth Sports and look forward to the opportunity to impact the lives of so many aspiring young athletes."

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