Donation part of a $200,000 Legacy Project from Fiesta Bowl Charities
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Fiesta Bowl Charities is donating the game field from the 29th Annual Cactus Bowl to the Laveen Elementary School District as the newest addition to the new David Glasser Athletic Complex. The inaugural Day of Play hosted children from Laveen Elementary to officially break in the field with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and flag football game.
Over 1,000 children and families are expected to utilize and benefit from the new field every year.
As part of a $200,000 Fiesta Bowl Charities Legacy Project, the donation includes 70,000 square feet of grass field plus a custom Fiesta Bowl Charities electronic scoreboard. The new space is expected to play home to at least four community football and soccer leagues.
This is the third donated field, joining the Avondale and Pueblo Del Sol schools, each one recycling the playing surface used in that season’s Cactus Bowl.
“The Fiesta Bowl organization is honored and excited to meet this community’s need for an athletic field,”,” said Steve Leach, Chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “A few months ago, this field hosted two great college football programs and now, for years to come, we hope it will enhance thousands of children’s lives through play. You never know if a future Fiesta Bowl or Cactus Bowl player will learn the game playing on that field.”
On December 26, 2017, Kansas State beat UCLA, 35-17, on this field during the 29th Annual Cactus Bowl at Chase Field, where the baseball diamond is transformed into a football field.
As part of the new David Glasser Athletic Complex, which honors fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser, who was killed in the line of duty in 2016, the field is the final construction piece for the complex that is set to open on April 12. As a new soccer and football space, this field will complement two baseball fields, a play area, a snack shack and restrooms.
“This new quality athletic field provides a much needed amenity for the Laveen community,” said Dr. Bill Johnson, Superintendent of Laveen Elementary School District. “ It has already created a tremendous amount of interest and excitement in youth sports. We are extremely grateful to Fiesta Bowl Charities for helping a dream become a reality.”
The field donation was part of the 2017-18 Fiesta Bowl Charities charitable giving efforts, a year that was record-breaking for the organization. The $2.5 million donated to 67 Arizona nonprofits was the largest amount in Fiesta Bowl history and more than any college bowl organization.
Through its two annual bowl games in the Valley, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the Cactus Bowl, as well as community events throughout the year, Fiesta Bowl Charities has given more than $10 million to the Arizona community in the last seven years.
ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL ORGANIZATION
The Fiesta Bowl is 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, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.