A member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball's sunny South Division, the El Paso Diablos dazzle crowds that can exceed 10,000 at the friendly confines of Cohen Stadium. Though not affiliated with any Major League teams, the American Association has helped launch the careers of numerous major and minor leaguers, giving fans the fun of guessing who might be the league’s next MLB prospect, which team he might play for, and which flavor of Gatorade he sweats.
Established in 1886, the YMCA of El Paso today offers pools and fitness facilities alongside a wealth of programs, including swimming lessons, sports leagues, and group exercise classes. Adult and youth swim lessons ($20+) enhance aquatic skills, leaving participants better equipped for a future in which all business deals are transacted in wave pools. Youth can throw, kick, punt, and bounce a variety of balls in the many sports leagues available or scuff up gym floors during ballroom-dancing or hip-hop classes. Family activities such as roller-skating and yoga instill a sense of familial togetherness without the groaning and complaints of bonding events such as family tax filing or family gutter cleaning.
The Chivas El Paso Patriots, a partner of one of the most popular soccer franchises in Mexico, Chivas de Guadalajara, play in the USL Premier Development League. Being a partner with Chivas de Guadalajara means young Patriots players are able to display their kicking, running, and sweating skills for coaches, increasing their chances of advancing to either Chivas de Guadalajara, a Mexican soccer club, or Chivas USA, an MLS team. If a single day of excitement isn't enough, the season pass grants holders access to all eight home games against such foes as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and 11 members of the 1963 New York Mets. Cheer wildly and display chest-painted letters as the Chivas El Paso Patriots use their rocket-powered legs to ricochet balls off their opponents' heads and between unsuspecting goal posts.
Trend Society stocks a frequently changing collection of hip clothing and accessories for women. As they scan the boutique, shoppers find a collection of striking flats, heels, and boots as well as light, flowing blouses and dresses. Fun, original jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces from Trend Society's Spring 2012 collection, catches perusing eyes, and patrons can make their daydreams a reality by using one of Trends' assortment of handbags to sneak 500 Kit Kats into a movie.
Since 2006, the Women's Fund of El Paso has thrown a glamorous purse-shopping event to raise money to send single mothers and low-income women to college. Power of the Purse 2012 continues this philanthropic tradition, hosting both silent and live auctions of designer and celebrity handbags, plus surprise items rumored to include Santa's enormous clutch. As guests wait to bid on luxurious purses, they sip on drinks, nibble appetizers, and mingle.
From September through March, the El Paso Hockey Association’s rink rumbles with the hard hits of the El Paso Rhinos—El Paso’s Junior A hockey team that netted a Silver Medal at the 2011 National Championship. But when the Rhinos are off the ice, the facility opens the rink to the community for a number of different uses. Public-skating sessions, for instance, invite guests to stop by and experience the thrill of carving a perfect figure eight or the profile of Stone Cold Steve Austin into the ice. Classes and programs, such as Learn to Skate, further sharpen skaters’ skills. And kids’ hockey leagues give youngsters the chance to get a feel for the sport.