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F I E S TA B O W L C H A R I T I E S 2 0 1 7 I N R E V I E W

After a busy season, Fiesta Bowl Charities wants to thank all benefiting nonprofits and partners that participated in various events across the valley. From attending our games to walking the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade, Fiesta Bowl Charities was proudly represented.

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Tickets donated to the community through Fiesta Bowl Charities and our Community Champions ticket program

People impacted by playgrounds built by Fiesta Bowl Charities

Reflect on a great year of giving by watching the video below that demonstrates the impact Fiesta Bowl Charities was able to have on the community. WATCH VI D EO

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A S S O C I AT I O N O F F U N D R A I S I N G P R O F E S S I O N A L S 2 0 1 7 O U T S TA N D I N G C O R P O R AT I O N / F O U N D AT I O N A W A R D In November, Fiesta Bowl Charities was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Arizona Chapter, 2017 Outstanding Corporation/Foundation Award. The Award recognizes Fiesta Bowl Charities commitment to the community and the $10 million given in charitable donations over the last seven years to youth, sports and education across the state of Arizona. Fiesta Bowl Charities was nominated by A New Leaf after donating $15,000 to the nonprofit in 2016 to support A New Leaf’s Faith House Women’s Crisis Center in Glendale. We’re known by many for the elite football games we put on each year, and we’ve had several of the most memorable in college football history. We’re proud of that reputation and equally thrilled to be recognized for the year-round work we do to enhance the lives of Arizonans each and every day. MIKE NEALY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FIESTA BOWL

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F I E S TA B O W L T E A M S U P W I T H N A C D A The National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA) and the Fiesta Bowl names the University of Maryland as the winner of the inaugural Community Service Award. Maryland was chosen from a pool of three finalists and received the award for the Share the Shell community outreach program. The Community Service Award was presented by NACDA and the Fiesta Bowl in November at an on-campus event hosted by Maryland. The award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions in Division I honoring exceptional athletics departments that make volunteerism and community service a way of life. Maryland received a trophy for permanent display and $10,000 for its chosen charity. Additionally, the Fiesta Bowl partnered with NACDA to award a sixth scholarship as part of the annual John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. Awarded to a student from an Arizona-based four-year institution, the McLendon Scholarship, presented by Fiesta Bowl, was awarded to Mia Mazon from Arizona State University. CO N TI N UE R EAD I N G

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U CL A PLAYER OU T R EA C H The UCLA Bruins celebrated the holiday season alongside 65 children with the Muscular Dystrophy Association at Main Event Tempe. Players were teamed with children for a round of bowling before hitting the arcade and playing laser tag. Before leaving, each child was given a UCLA hat, trading coin, pin and wristband from their favorite players. WATCH VI D EO

We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with Fiesta Bowl Charities. Through the Cactus Bowl community outreach event, our families were given an opportunity they will never forget and our kids left with a boost in spirits and self-esteem. The community is fortunate to have the support of the Fiesta Bowl Charities. SARAH LE VIN, EXECUTIVE DIREC TOR, MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION

KA NSAS STAT E PLAY ER OU T R E AC H On Christmas morning, 115 Kansas State Wildcats volunteered their time with the Salvation Army at the Phoenix Convention Center. The players assisted low income families with haircuts, nail painting, and served hot meals. One special player even gave his own shoes to an eager and excited young boy, making it a special morning for players and families together. WATCH VI D EO

I’m so pleased that the Cactus Bowl put on the Christmas event that took place with the Salvation Army. It was really an amazing event and it not only meant a great deal to the people that were there, but it meant a great deal to our players as well because they’re those kind of gentlemen, they love helping other people. BILL SNYDER, HEAD COACH, KANSAS STATE

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P E NN STATE PLAY ER OU T R EA C H An afternoon of fun and games was held at Notre Dame Prep with 110 Penn State players and children from both Children’s Cancer Network and HopeKids Arizona. Kids and players were split up into teams and they rotated through stations of kickball, the PlayStation gaming truck and an autograph session. Participants also received a PlayStation swag bag and Penn State posters. WATCH VI D EO

Playing kickball with the Penn State football players was a dream come true for many of the HopeKids in attendance. Simple things like playing kickball are impossible for children in wheelchairs or for others who wear feeding tubes, trachs and other medical equipment that normally does not allow for physical play. The Penn State players treated our kids like they were normal, healthy kids and having social acceptance from college aged football heroes can bring a level of HOPE that they would have never imagined. KIMBERLY TRICHEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, HOPEKIDS ARIZONA

WA SHINGTON PLAY ER OU T R EAC H The Huskies took the field at Scottsdale Community College alongside the Unified Sports Clinic and Special Olympics Arizona athletes. They spent the day rotating through stations of football skills before they headed into the PlayStation gaming truck. The holiday spirit was still in the air as players and athletes participated in a gift exchange to conclude the event. The athletes walked away with PlayStation swag bags, hats and signed Washington footballs. WATCH VI D EO

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL ARIZONA COMMUNITY RESOURCE ROOM

Fiesta Bowl Charities teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to create a vibrant space for mentor groups to collaborate. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona received a $50,000 grant to renovate a space in their downtown office creating the first-ever Fiesta Bowl Charities Community Resource Room. This new room was entirely funded and designed by Fiesta Bowl Charities, bringing to life every inch, including covered tables, new laptops and a gaming system. This space is now the perfect place for 1,000+ mentors to have meaningful time and conversations with at-risk youth. WATCH VI D EO

Now we have this amazing space where the kids can play games and be on the computer and play video games. Our program is 100 percent run by donations, and if we didn’t have generous organizations like the Fiesta Bowl, we wouldn’t exist. LAURA CAPELLO, PRESIDENT & CEO, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF CENTRAL ARIZONA

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F I E S TA B O W L C H A R I T I E S W I S H E S F O R T E A C H E R S

In partnership with azcentral and the College Football Playoff Foundation, Extra Yard for Teachers, Fiesta Bowl Charities granted $700,000 worth of wishes in classrooms across the state for new technology, renovated locker rooms, new musical instruments, sensory equipment for special education programs, 3D printers and so much more! Granted $5,000 each, 140 teachers were able to make their classroom wish a reality. All 140 teachers and a guest were invited to attend the 29th Annual Cactus Bowl game with a special on-field check presentation at halftime. Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers application will reopen in the fall of 2018. To be granted these wishes and to have an impact, $5,000 does a lot. It can change a classroom, it can change a teacher and it can change the students. MICHELLE DOHERTY, 2017 ARIZONA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, ENCANTO ELEMENTARY

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F I E S TA B O W L C H A R I T I E S P L AY G R O U N D B U I L D : S A LVAT I O N A R M Y K R O C C E N T E R

Last November, Fiesta Bowl Charities teamed up with KaBOOM! to build a one-of-a-kind playground for the families of South Phoenix. In partnership with The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center, 200 volunteers rallied together to build a beautiful playground in just six hours. Now, over 5,000 children have a safe place to play! WATCH VI D EO

This playground really completes the Kroc Center! Our community, parents, and children now have a go-to area to gather, play, and make new friends. Whether for a bit of fun or while waiting for a family member participating in one of the Center’s many programs, the new playground provides a great setting for everyone to enjoy. MAJOR GWYN JONES, THE SALVATION ARMY

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F I E S TA B O W L C H A R I T I E S I M PA C T

OP ERATIO N S A N TA Presented by USAA, twenty-two children with parents deployed on active military duty experienced their own Christmas miracle. With a USAA volunteer shopper at their side, each child was provided a $200 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card to shop for their holiday wish list. This event would not have been possible without Fighter Country Foundation, who support Airmen and their families stationed at Luke Air Force Base. Along with memories that will last a lifetime, these special kids went home with new sports equipment, trampolines, fashionable clothes and more. WATCH V I D EO

FI E S TA BO WL C HA R IT IES 5 0 / 50 R AF F L E F UN DR AI S I N G Fiesta Bowl Charities raised a combined $163,925 during the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl games! This funding will support various nonprofits across the state throughout the upcoming year. Thank you 50/50 raffle volunteers!

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T E A C H E R F E AT U R E : J E S S I C A C A S T I L L O

The transition from elementary school to middle school is not always an easy one. “Our goal is to make this change fun while transitioning students to their new environment,” said Jessica Castillo a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Rincon Vista Middle School in Tucson. “It is important for new sixth graders to form relationships with their peers and with older students to feel at ease when they come to middle school.” This is why when she received her $5,000 grant through the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program last fall, Castillo knew exactly where it would go – straight to funding the middle school transition program at Rincon Vista. “It’s called WEB which stands for ‘Where Everybody Belongs,’” explained Castillo. “This is a middle school orientation program that trains eighth graders to be mentors for the new sixth-grade class.” The WEB program is built on the belief that students can help students succeed. While the training and curriculum is part of the Boomerang project, the funding and implementation of WEB is up to the teachers at each school. “We don’t get any money for this program,” said Castillo. “Before the Fiesta Bowl Charities grant, everything came out of my pocket.” Simple things such as printing name tags for students to purchasing food and games for WEB orientation and events are major monetary burdens that teachers like Castillo must bear if they want the WEB program to come to life in their hallways. “This is my fourth year involved in the program and this is the first year that we have had any funding for it,” said Castillo. CO N TI N UE R EAD I N G

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The 2018-19 grant cycle will be open for applications on APRIL 9, 2018 and close on MAY 14, 2018. During the 2017-18 season, Fiesta Bowl Charities granted $2.5 Million to the Arizona community benefitting 67 nonprofit organizations

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The Fiesta Bowl is always looking for volunteers! Visit our website to find out how to volunteer for our next playground build, football game or even the Fiesta Bowl Parade!

The Fiesta Bowl strives to create a positive economic impact for Arizona and focus on the community while having fun. Email charities@ fiestabowl.org to inform us about your organization’s volunteer opportunities today.

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Fiesta Bowl Charities Newsletter, Vol. 2  
Fiesta Bowl Charities Newsletter, Vol. 2