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Henson, family still making an impact on Las Cruces through annual breakfast


Lou Henson and his family continue to make a big impact on the Las Cruces and New Mexico State University communities.

Henson, the all-time winningest coach in NMSU men’s basketball history, died last year after battling health problems for several years.

His family has made a $20,000 donation to the Las Cruces Boys and Girls Club and is challenging the local community to match that donation during the 13th annual Lou and Mary Henson Community Breakfast on May 20.

Last year, the breakfast was held through social media with donations being mailed in or made online.

This year, the breakfast is still being impacted by the pandemic and will be held as a drive-thru event.

Sponsorships are available, with prices ranging from $500 to $5,000. Sponsors will be able to drive by the Boys and Girls Club at 330 W. Las Cruces Ave. between 7:30 and 9 a.m. on May 20, wave to Mary Henson -- Lou’s widow – and pick up their breakfasts. Sponsors will also be given a special Lou Henson commemorative gift.

Individual breakfasts may also be reserved by making a donation to the Boys and Girls Club. The deadline to order individual breakfasts is May 17.

“This past year has been hard on everyone, including young people,” Mary Henson said in news release announcing this year’s breakfast. “The Boys and Girls Club has stepped up to help our youth during this difficult time.

“We’ve always been proud to support the Boys and Girls Club,” Mary Henson added. “There’s no better way to honor Lou’s life than to give to a charity that was very dear to his heart. We hope that the community will join us in honoring his legacy through donations that match our gift.”

Henson coached the Aggies in two separate stints during his Hall of Fame career, amassing a school-record 289 wins and leading NMSU to the Final Four in 1970. He won a total of 779 games during his career, that included a highly successful two-decade tenure at the University of Illinois.

For more information about how to help sponsor the breakfast or order an individual breakfast, call the Boys and Girls Club at 575-526-1519 or visit www.bgclascruces.org/HensonBreakfast.