Pair joins Shane Doan to celebrate this year’s “Champions of the Community” theme through youth, sports and education
SOTTSDALE, AZ – Newly-named Arizona Teacher of the Year Josh Meibos and Phoenix Children’s Hospital child ambassador Isaiah Acosta have been named honorary Grand Marshals for the 47th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 30, 2017. They will join Grand Marshal Shane Doan in leading the Parade down the two-mile parade route in Central Phoenix.
The National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Honorary Grand Marshals are individuals or a group whose vision aligns with the Fiesta Bowl’s commitment to the community as well as its three pillars of youth, sports and education.
“Josh and Isaiah represent the best that Arizona offers through their actions and they truly live out what it means to be a champion of the community,” said Steve Leach, Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “We’re excited for them to help Shane Doan lead this year’s parade because they embody the three pillars of Fiesta Bowl Charities: Youth, Sports and Education. Josh and Isaiah both embody what the Fiesta Bowl stands for as an organization.”
Representing the Fiesta Bowl’s focus on education is the 2018 Arizona Education Foundation Teacher of the Year. Meibos, a K-6 physical education teacher at David Crockett Elementary in Phoenix, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Utah State University and his Master’s in Physical Education from Arizona State University. A teacher in the Valley for seven years, he was the 2015 Let’s Move>Active Schools National Award winner.
“I am fortunate to teach in public schools, where different worlds and perspectives come together and learn the universal language of Health, Wellness and Physical Education,” said Meibos. “Teaching has given me a platform to make a difference and for this to now include serving as an Honorary Grand Marshal in the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade is so special. I could not be more excited to stand beside Shane and Isaiah on December 30.”
Acosta, a 17-year-old Arizona native, represents the pillar of youth. Born without a jaw, Acosta has never spoken a word, yet has gained national recognition for his success as a rap singer. He released his first rap song, “Oxygen to Fly,” which documents the trials and tribulations the teen has gone through during his life. The song, entirely written by Acosta, is sung by Phoenix-based rapper Trap House, with proceeds from each download going to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Acosta serves as an advocate for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and an ambassador for children treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“It is an honor to be selected as an Honorary Grand Marshal for the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade,” wrote Acosta. “As an ambassador for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, it is my goal to give a voice to children who don’t have one and representing youth in the parade will allow me to do that while being involved with a great community organization.”
Every year, a combination of more than 2,500 men, women, children, floats, balloons and animals participate in the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on December 30, 2017, the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade will showcase a pageantry of brilliantly colored floats, giant balloons, equestrian units, charitable groups, local celebrities and marching bands that will make their way down the two-mile route through central Phoenix. Admission is free to the public with premium and reserved seating available for $25. The event is broadcast live on 3TV.
First staged in 1972, the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade is one of the Valley’s long-standing traditions and this year will begin a day filled with Fiesta Bowl festivities leading up to the 47th Annual PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, scheduled to kickoff at 2:00 p.m.
For more information about the event, the application process and to purchase reserved tickets, please visit www.fiestabowl.org/events/fiesta-bowl-parade/.
ABOUT FIESTA BOWL
The Fiesta Bowl’s vision is to be a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, Fiesta Bowl Charities has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season. For more information about its local impact and how to get involved, visit FiestaBowl.org.