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The Origin of the Yellow Jacket

Wed Oct, 2018

Long before there was a Fiesta Bowl, the college football postseason scene was a conspicuously color-coded rainbow of selection committee sports coats that a Cotton Bowl representative once described as making bowl representatives “look like a bunch of shoe salesmen, but I don’t want to make any shoe salesmen mad.” Red for the Rose Bowl. […]

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1998 Tennessee Volunteers: Tee’s Team Approach

Wed Oct, 2018

Editor’s Note: On September 22, members of the Fiesta Bowl Committee and Staff joined the University of Tennessee to honor its 1998 national championship team when it played host to the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. This is part two of a two-part series that features quarterback Tee Martin who led the Volunteers to a […]

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1998 Tennessee Volunteers: Tee’s Team Approach

Wed Sep, 2018

Editor’s Note: On September 22, members of the Fiesta Bowl Committee and Staff joined the University of Tennessee to honor its 1998 national championship team when it played host to the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. This is part one of a two-part series that features quarterback Tee Martin who led the Volunteers to a […]

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Charity Feature: Chicanos Por La Causa

Wed Sep, 2018

-By Omar Soussi  Empowerment. This one word defines what Chicanos Por La Causa has been about for the last 49 years. Created in 1969 during the movement of famous labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) was founded to help those with oppression and empower Latinos in Phoenix, and […]

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Drake family exemplifies a tradition of service

Wed Sep, 2018

– Written by Andy Shultz The Drake family’s association with the Fiesta Bowl can be traced back three generations, to a time when three networks dominated television (before there was cable), sportswriters used typewriters to write stories and the best way to capture your local college football team was on the AM/FM radio dial. Dr. […]

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Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels live in the Here and Now

Wed Sep, 2018

– Written by Andy Shultz The Arizona sun shined brightly through the skylight into the lobby of Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels. No matter how many times I tried to re-adjust my chair the light continued to follow me and only get brighter. “I believe Amanda is trying to play a joke on you with the […]

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Teacher Feature: Jessica Fatina

Tue Nov, 2017

School: Rogers Ranch Grade: K-12 special education “At this point, I don’t know what I would do without everything I was able to buy,” said Jessica Fatina a special education teacher at Rogers Ranch. After earning a $5,000 grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers last fall, Fatina was able to fill her special […]

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Behind the Bowl: A look inside the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

Wed Nov, 2017

Playing in the College Football Playoff is the pathway to a potential national championship. Each December, four teams are selected by a committee, made up of former players, athletic directors, university presidents and media. As a way of educating the media and industry leaders about the process, the CFP holds mock selections that simulate the […]

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Teacher Feature: Jessica Castillo

Tue Oct, 2017

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 […]

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Charity Feature: Playworks Arizona

Mon Oct, 2017

On average, 160,000 children skip school every day in the United States because they are bullied. In an effort to stop bad behavior, anti-bullying programs help educate children on how to properly handle their unsatisfactory actions toward others. Playworks is a national nonprofit that helps children develop the social and emotional skills they need to […]

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