Posted: Nov 01, 2017

Arizona Sports And Tourism Authority Awards $2.5 Million To Support Youth & Amateur Sports In Maricopa County

GLENDALE- The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) Board of Directors has voted to award $2.5 million to 23 organizations that promote youth and amateur sports programs in Maricopa County.

The grants will help fund an array of projects, including soccer field lights for Gila Bend's Paloma Elementary School District, whose student body is largely migrant children; equipment for Maricopa County schools to participate in Special Olympics unified sports programs, which bring children with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team; a renovated football field for Tempe's Marcos De Niza High School, which has had no improvements since it was constructed in 1971; and facility renovations for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix.

Since its inception in 2001, AZSTA has distributed more than $20 million to help fund 362 projects across Maricopa County through its Youth & Amateur Sports grants.

"These grants, and the previous $17.7 million in grants made through AZSTA since 2001, help realize the dream Maricopa County voters had when they approved Proposition 302," AZSTA Board Chair Maria Baier said. "We are fortunate to have so many worthy non-profits in Maricopa County fully committed to enhancing the lives of Arizonans through youth and amateur sports, and it is a privilege to be supporting their efforts."

Grant recipients demonstrated financial need, leveraged funding, community partnerships and a benefit to a local community in Maricopa County.

2017 Biennial Grant Award Recipients
  • American Leadership Academy
  • Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission
  • Avondale Elementary School District
  • The Be Kind People Project
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
  • Coyotes Curling Club
  • Estrella Foothills High School
  • Gigi's Playhouse
  • Jataba Dance Troupe
  • Laveen Elementary School District
  • Maryvale Preparatory Academy
  • City of Mesa
  • North Phoenix Preparatory Academy
  • Paloma Elementary School District
  • Paradise Schools
  • City of Phoenix/Harmon Park
  • Phoenix Christian Preparatory
  • Special Olympics of Arizona
  • Tempe Union H.S. District/Marcos de Niza H.S.
  • Treasure House
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • Veritas Preparatory
  • Villa Montessori School
About Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority

Formed as a result of voter approval of Prop. 302 in November 2000, AZSTA is responsible for owning and operating State Farm Stadium; funding tourism promotion in Maricopa County; funding the construction and renovation of Cactus League Spring Training facilities; and funding youth and amateur sports projects and programs. For more information about the Youth & Amateur Sports Grant Program, please contact AZSTA at 623.433.7500 or visit:
Kristen Pflipsen
Bagnato Pflipsen Communications
Andrew Bagnato
Bagnato Pflipsen Communications