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Phoenix Suns Invest $1 Million in Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Expansion Initiatives

Phoenix Suns Invest $1 Million in Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Expansion Initiatives

(Phoenix, AZ) October 10, 2019 --  The Phoenix Suns have been one of the Valley’s most involved donors for youth, and today, they have given Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix a big assist. The NBA team has committed $1 million to the Clubs to support their plans for expansion into school-based sites in districts in need, starting with Phoenix’s Cartwright District.

Since 1993, the Suns have invested dollars, given volunteer time and made capital improvements in BGCMP’s 16 Valley Clubs.

“We’ve been long-time supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix because the organization has impacted our city’s youth in such a meaningful way,” said Phoenix Suns President and CEO Jason Rowley.  “Today’s investment will bring the Club opportunities to serve thousands more youth throughout the Valley and helps parents ensure their kids have quality after school programs in a place they know and trust.”

Because of the need for quality, affordable out-of-school-time programs, BGCMP is working to expand its programs into school-based sites, a model used across the country.  The organization recently opened two new Clubs in Maryvale.  “With this commitment from the Suns, we will help to transform the lives of students and parents in the Cartwright School District.  This Title I district now offers Boys & Girls Clubs programming on campus at the historic Cartwright Elementary School and Palm Lane where members can stay on campus after school, participate in proven enrichment programs and sports and rec, and enjoy a hot, nutritious dinner,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s CEO Marcia Mintz.

The Suns’ investment will support school-based site expansions in the Cartwright District, as well as other school districts around the Valley.  This collaborative school-based site model leverages the use of existing school buildings and eliminates the transportation barrier that some schools face in getting students to Clubs at the end of school.

Boys & Girls Clubs employs a Formula for Impact for how the organization can change the life of a child. The Phoenix Suns have been longtime supporters and investors in all four of these Priority Outcomes: Healthy Choices; Academic Success; Be Great, Do Good; and Fun With a Purpose.

Healthy Choices:   Over the years, the Phoenix Suns and Suns Charities have renovated and upgraded more than 10 of the 15 basketball courts in Clubs. Thanks to their investment, youth and teens are able to play sports and enjoy fitness programs every day in Clubs.

Academic Success:  NBA Math Hoops, a competitive math game played by members ages 10-14, helps students gain fundamental math skills through statistics about their favorite NBA and WNBA players.  The team element of the program also improves interpersonal and collaboration skills.  This past year, one BGCMP student, Delanie, was selected for the national Math Hoops competition and travelled to San Francisco to compete against other students from the around the country.

Be Good, Do Great:  Suns and Mercury players routinely visit Clubs to talk with kids about staying in school and staying fit. In addition, the Suns often host Club members for Suns and Mercury games, one of the most popular field trips BGCMP offers to its members.

Fun with a Purpose: Thanks to the Suns Jr program, Clubs also offer competitive basketball leagues for students of all ages and skills that allow youth to play basketball, be a part of a team and learn positive sportsmanship.  Last year, Suns Charities supported the renovation and upgrade of the Teen Center at the I.G. Homes branch, creating a unique technology and recording studio space for members.

Recognizing the greater impact that can be achieved through teamwork, the Suns have launched the “Rise Together” campaign with the goal of uniting and lifting the community to help make the Valley and Arizona a better place to live.  As part of the “Rise Together” campaign, the Suns are funding and collaborating with vested community partners in education, social services, special needs, hunger-relief, housing, healthcare, elderly care, and public safety to address needs, engender positive change and elevate the quality of life in our community.  In January, the Suns committed to providing $10 million in community benefits to local non-profits and city programs as part of their partnership with the City of Phoenix.  The Suns have previously announced a $2.6 million donation to support the City of Phoenix’s Head Start program and have already awarded funding to non-profits like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Helping Hands for Single Moms, Back to School Clothing Drive and the HeroZona Foundation.

Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities has been focused on making our community a better place through its mission of supporting children and family services throughout Arizona and has distributed more than $21 million to local non-profits and organizations in need.  The entire Suns organization has embedded itself locally by supporting community efforts through hundreds of player appearances and thousands of volunteer hours by Suns players and staff.

 

Leading-edge tech now in the hands of children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch

Leading-edge tech now in the hands of children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The newest Cox Innovation Lab provides robotics, virtual reality, gaming and computers

(PHOENIX, Ariz., October 10, 2019)  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has just unveiled the latest Cox Innovation Lab at its largest club, the Bob & Renee Parsons branch in Phoenix. Several Cox Arizona employees were on hand to cut the ribbon and start the technology flowing.

Funded through a generous grant from Cox Communications, the technology center provides members with a robotics table, a virtual reality station, an interactive gaming projector with motion sensors and new computers.

The 38th Arizona innovation lab donated by Cox, will continue an ongoing effort by the company to bridge the digital divide, for children who have no access to a computer or an internet connection.

“We know that digital literacy begins with access,” said Susan Anable, Cox Southwest Region Vice President of Public Affairs. “And, as we step into the future, it’s about engaging children with technology tools that rely on the internet like virtual reality and robotics.”

The Parsons Club, the largest in the BGCMP portfolio, serves more than 2,000 youth members annually.  More than 50 percent of the members live under the federal poverty level and many of the members’ families do not have access to the internet at home.

Cox and BGCMP have had a partnership for many years. Both are committed to supporting youth and to their academic success. BGCMP also shared in the $570,000 grants that were distributed in Arizona by Cox Charities last week.

In addition to this new Cox Innovation Lab, the company is also refreshing the Tech Center in the Tri-City West Club to add additional leading edge technology and improve the overall space.

 

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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Invests $120,000 In Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Recipients By Funding A New Staff Position To Support Students Across Phoenix And Scottsdale Clubs

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PHOENIX (June 24, 2019) Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to establish a full-time College Access and Success Manager. The new position will benefit both Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) by managing the multiple scholarships available to Club youth and providing direct support to scholarship recipients throughout their college career.

“Education plays a key role in shaping a person’s future,” said businessman Bob Parsons. “This collaborative position will help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide scholarship students with the structure and support they need to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

Over the past few years, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – and a number of other organizations and individuals – have provided scholarship funding for Club members. Many of the scholarship recipients come from families living at or below the poverty level, and a large majority of them are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Students in these situations often lack the support system to help them navigate the college experience and too often scholarships go unused because the student is overwhelmed or doesn’t know where to turn for help.

“Attending college or getting post-secondary training is one of the best ways for teens to break the cycle of familial poverty, but these students encounter challenges at home and at school that their counterparts may not face,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Our students worked very hard in high school to graduate and earn a scholarship. Thanks to the grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, we will now be able to continue to support our scholarship students as they navigate the world of higher education.”

The Success Manager will support nearly two dozen clubs across Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale, teaching scholarship recipients how to prepare for college, set up a bank account, manage their financial aid and scholarship funds, and fulfill their academic scholarship requirements. Because the vast majority of the youth in this program will be first-generation college students, the Success Manager also will serve as their support system to answer questions and provide ongoing encouragement and reassurance as they work toward a degree.

“Having someone in their corner who can help navigate both the financial and academic challenges of college will give Boys & Girls Club youth a much greater chance at success,” said businesswoman Renee Parsons. “The results will benefit not only the scholarship recipient but their entire family by helping first-generation and lower-income students accomplish lasting success.”

Longtime advocates for the Boys & Girls Club, this recent grant brings The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s total support – across both Metro Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale clubs – to more than $9 million, including many Youth of the Year scholarships

“Teens like Kyla Silas, our 2017 Youth of the Year and first-generation college student, often feel like their dreams are not possible as they begin to explore the cost of higher education,” said Robyn Julien, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Because of the support from donors like the Parsons, and with guidance through the scholarship funding process, our youth realize that they are capable of achieving their dreams, even with all the changes and added responsibilities that go along with attending college.”

Research has shown that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more connection they feel to school and the greater their post-secondary aspirations become. Thousands of youth walk through the door of a Boys & Girls Club every day, where they are prepared to become 21st century leaders, globally competitive graduates, innovative dream makers and healthy game changers. To learn more visit: https://www.bgca.org/.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix: 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 27,000+ young people in grades K-12. At thirteen clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun With a Purpose; Academic Success; Be Great, Do Good; and Healthy Choices. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community. For more information: visit bgcmp.org |@BGCMP on social channels

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) serves thousands of youth at nine Clubs located within the communities of Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Fountain Hills, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Hualapai Nation. Youth development professionals and mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement in an enriching and safe environment. BGCS’s outcome-based programming assures that success is in reach for all of its members, no matter their circumstances.

About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest time of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. The Foundation’s giving is driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, religion, roots, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media or visit TBRPF.org, to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.

 

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Media Contact: Cassidy Campana | ccampana@bgcmp.org | 602-770-6014

Surf’s Up! Big Surf Offers Special Ticket Deal to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

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KMLE and Live 101.5 team up to support BGCMP with Big Surf Days in the Park

Tempe, Arizona (June 21, 2019) — Big Surf Waterpark is offering its best ticket deal of the summer for four days to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.  On June 20, 26, 27 and July 3rd, visitors can buy tickets online and $7 of each ticket sold will be donated back to support the 13 Clubs around the Valley.  Those discounted tickets are only $17 per person, the best deal of the summer.

KMLE Country 107.9 and LIVE 101.05 will also be out supporting the promotion during those days to help educate and entertain guests at the Park. In addition to the Waikiki Wave Pool, there are slides, tornado slides, and a Kook Kids Zone in Bora Bora Bay.

This year marks Big Surf’s 50th anniversary season.  The popular destination has continued to transform and add attractions for young people and adults to enjoy.  They have been a longtime community partner and this summer, more than 100 Club kids will have the opportunity to visit Big Surf on a field trip, thanks to the generosity of Big Surf.

Tickets for the promotional days can be purchased online only at www.bigsurffun.com using the drop-down menu on the ticket page.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala

Metro Arts Institute Senior Iyana Jameson named BGCMP “Youth of the Year” 

(PHOENIX, March 19, 2019) – Eleven teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) were honored at one of the top fundraising galas in Phoenix. One of these teens was named the “Youth of the Year” at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event.

Iyana Jameson from the I.G. Homes Branch was selected as the Youth of the Year 2019 for BGCMP.   

Iyana, a Senior at Metro Arts Institute, has been a Club member since she was 9 years-old. She credits the Club with providing her a safe and caring environment when she needed it most.  Iyana served as her school’s Student Body President last year and coaches volleyball and soccer at the I.G. Homes branch.  She is very active with her school’s theater program and stays very involved in performing arts.

Iyana’s Youth of the Year platform focuses on addressing the issues of mental health and removing the stigma of these challenges.  She has bravely opened up about her own challenges with mental health and how she’s stronger and healthier now.

After high school, Iyana plans to spend time abroad teaching English, and then plans to attend Arizona State University to double major in fine arts and linguistics.

The journey culminated with the Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event where the teens shared their stories of inspiration. In addition to crowning the 2019 “Youth of the Year” for BGCMP, the evening honored Bob Bove’ of Jiffy Lube and his many years of service back to our community.  All proceeds raised support programming for the 10,000+ kids who are members of the 13 Clubs across metro Phoenix and the West Valley.

This year’s Youth of the Year for each Club are:

Isabel Morales

Ed Robson Family Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Eli Fuentes

Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Maria Higuera
Warner & Shirley Gabel Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Tania Castillo

Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch

Avondale, AZ

Iyana Jameson

I.G. Homes Branch
Phoenix, AZ

Rolando Aucca Valenzuela

Jerry Colangelo Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Mikayla Lowry

Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Rachel Ann Howard

Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch

Glendale, AZ

Tyler Ebbat

Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch

Peoria, AZ

Joshua Robinson

Bob & Renee Parsons Branch
Phoenix, AZ

Steven Quintero
MLB All-Star/Arizona Diamondbacks Branch: A Kieckhefer Family Legacy

Phoenix, AZ

Individual photos for this year’s Youth of the Year are available by request.

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides premier after-school, summer programs and outreach to nearly 20,000+ young people in grades K-12. At 13 clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun with a Purpose, Academic Success, Be Great, Do Good, and Healthy Choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.

 

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