Men's Basketball

**Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity**

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, December 9, 2000

     Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team, currently ranked sixth in the nation among NJCAA Division III teams, will take time out Monday to work with a group of area youngsters. The Vikings will share Hudson Valley's McDonough gym with fourth through seventh graders from the Latham school district from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on December 11.

     This will mark the sixth consecutive year Hudson Valley head coach Vince Medici has worked with students from Latham. Medici's players will run through basketball drills with the children, and discuss the importance of academics. In general, the players will share Medici's coaching philosophy, which stresses the importance of family, academics and athletics, in that order.

     In addition to the number six ranking, Hudson Valley's defense, allowing 65.5 points per game, is ranked ninth in the nation. The Vikings take a 7-1 record into this afternoon's matchup with SUNY Canton, their only loss coming against Division II Sage JCA. Medici, twice named Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has a lifetime record of 104-51.

     Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.