Fiesta Features Archive - Fiesta Bowl | Fiesta Bowl

Teacher Feature: 2016 Wishes For Teachers Grant Recipient Jessica Fatina

Wed Aug, 2019

Aligning with the Fiesta Bowl’s vision of being “More Than Just A Game,” Fiesta Bowl Charities committed to $1 million to benefit teachers in 2018-19 through the Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers, presented by DriveTime program. In the first three years of the program, $2.2 million has been granted to Arizona’s teachers. Wishes For Teachers […]

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College Football’s 150th Anniversary and the Fiesta Bowl

Wed Jul, 2019

In this, the 150th season of college football, the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl will kick off in 150 days. It is hard to predict what will happen in the days between now and then, just as it was near impossible to predict what has happened in the last 150 years. College football’s tradition and legacy will […]

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Football Feature: AJ Hawk

Wed Jul, 2019

By – Nick Sheehy There comes a time when every NFL player faces the reality of retiring. AJ Hawk wasn’t thinking about that date when he played in the Fiesta Bowl three times over his four-year college career at Ohio State. Some of Hawk’s greatest memories as a player were at the Fiesta Bowl, including […]

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BCBSAZ Volunteer Spotlight: Dave Dorward

Fri Jul, 2019

By – Andy Shultz It was business as usual as the Fiesta Bowl Committee kicked off its 49th season in April at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort. Yellow Jacket committee members and staff networked in the lobby as they waited for the ballroom doors to open to begin planning two college football bowl games and numerous […]

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Football Feature: Patrick Laird

Wed Jul, 2019

When you think of former Cal Golden Bear and new Miami Dolphin Patrick Laird, your mind probably jumps to the former starting running back’s 1,000-yard seasons and nine touchdowns. But all of that pales in comparison to off-the-field actions of the Business Administration and Political Science graduate. During the winter of 2017, Laird created a […]

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SEC Returns to the Fiesta Bowl

Thu Feb, 2019

-Nick Sheehy The Southeastern Conference, a conference that produces the nation’s most prominent programs, has sent just six teams to the Valley of the Sun in the 48-year history of the Fiesta Bowl. The SEC’s lack of Fiesta Bowl appearances can be attributed in part to the Bowl Championship Series era in college football from […]

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Football Feature: Patrick Laird

Wed Dec, 2018

When you think of Patrick Laird, your mind probably jumps to the starting running back’s 1,000-yard seasons and nine touchdowns for the Cal Golden Bears. But all of that pales in comparison to off-the-field actions of the senior who’s about to graduate with a degree in Business Administration and Political Science. During the winter of […]

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Community Comes Together to Rebuild Playground

Mon Dec, 2018

Six months ago, a fire burnt down the adaptable playground at the Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, devastating the children who loved to play there and its community. On December 1st, the Arizona community and organizations like Fiesta Bowl Charities, Lerner and Rowe Gives Back, KaBOOM! and over 200 volunteers, some who even fought […]

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PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Preview: No. 8 UCF vs. No. 11 LSU

Sun Dec, 2018

The No. 8 UCF Knights pursuit of perfection will come to the desert when they collide with the No. 11 LSU Tigers at the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on New Year’s Day. “We’re really excited about the opportunity that our football team has earned. You know, playing in the Fiesta Bowl […]

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Teacher Feature: Troy Meeker

Tue Nov, 2018

It was a late school night at Trevor G. Browne High School where choir teacher Troy Meeker was setting up for a district-wide chorus festival with his students. At around 7 o’clock, his phone began to ring. On the tail end of the call, a granted wish. “I put it on speaker phone and my […]

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