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Fiesta Bowl and UnitedHealthcare to Award Grants for New Playgrounds at Two Arizona Schools

Mar 29, 2019

Playgrounds will bring safe spaces for children to play in Maricopa and Pima Counties

Fiesta Bowl and UnitedHealthcare volunteers will help build playground and host ribbon cuttings at the winning schools

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Fiesta Bowl organization and UnitedHealthcare’s Do Good. Live Well. volunteer initiative will grant new playgrounds to two Arizona schools, to provide safe spaces for children to play and be active.

The partnership will award a new playground to a Title 1 school in the Phoenix metropolitan area and one in Tucson. Schools in those districts may apply for grant funding here. Applications open Friday, March 29, and close Friday, April 26.

To be eligible for a playground grant, schools must be located in either Maricopa or Pima counties, have a free- or reduced-lunch rate of at least 80 percent and demonstrate the need for a playground. Additionally, the school must be able to house and complete site prep work for a 1,225-square-foot playground.

“This partnership with UnitedHealthcare fits perfectly in the Fiesta Bowl mission to impact lives in Arizona through youth, sports and education,” said Mike Nealy, executive director of the Fiesta Bowl. “We’ve seen how the power of play benefits the physical, behavioral and emotional health of students.”

This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcare’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative that focuses on decreasing hunger and obesity, inspiring service and promoting volunteerism. With the help of Fiesta Bowl Charities, this partnership will help schools provide their students safe, modern play spaces. Currently, only 25 percent of kids in the United States are getting the recommended daily amount of physical activity they need.

”The new playgrounds will give students in Phoenix and Tucson the opportunity to go outside, have fun and get some exercise, which will make a tremendous difference in their health and well-being,” said Joe Gaudio, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Arizona.

On Monday, May 20, the awarded schools will be announced, with playground construction to begin in June. This fall, the Fiesta Bowl and UnitedHealthcare will host a volunteer project and ribbon cutting at the new playgrounds.

To date, Fiesta Bowl Charities has built seven playgrounds throughout Arizona, making a difference in the lives of more than 15,000 children and their families.

Through the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the Cheez-It Bowl, as well as its many community events through the year, the Fiesta Bowl has given more than $12.5 million back to the Arizona community, including more than $7 million the past three years.


UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @UHC on Twitter.


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.