Community Programs

5TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK DRIVE

The Phoenix Suns are partnering with Harkins Theatres and Coca-Cola for 5th Annual Back to School Backpack Drive. This community initiative allows three well-respected brands to join forces and encourage Suns fans throughout the valley to donate backpacks and supplies for children in need. In addition to being a charitable cause, this Suns community event will drive business with Suns fans as they visit the theatres to experience the Suns and the activities that will take place at each location. For each backpack with supplies donated, the donor will receive 2 VIP movie passes for a Harkins movie. Drive will have Suns alumni Tim Kempton, Tom Leander, Steven Hunter, Mark West and Phoenix Suns center Alex Len! Harkins Theatre Scottsdale 101 (Loop 101 & Scottsdale Rd.) 7000 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85054 Harkins Theatre Chandler Crossroads (Loop 202 & Gilbert) 2980 East Germann Rd. Chandler, Arizona 85286

CENTURYLINK PROJECT ASSIST

CenturyLink and the Suns teamed up this season to assist local non-profit organizations who are positively impacting the community! Each winning organization received tickets to a Suns game and a $2,000 donation courtesy of CenturyLink.

Join us in congratulating this season's winning groups and make sure to check back next season to nominate yours at Suns.com/assist

SYMBOL OF FREEDOM ART & ESSAY CONTEST

In January 2015, program collateral will be mailed to all Arizona schools, both traditional and charter, with 7th grade classrooms. The program letter will be addressed to the school principal, and students will be encouraged to depict what freedom means to them through a piece of artwork and accompanying essay. Ten (10) 7th grade students will be selected to travel to Brooklyn, NY to tour our nation’s “Symbols of Freedom.” Artwork & essays will be due February 6. Trip dates: Wednesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 7, 2015 (Suns @ Brooklyn Nets on March 6, 2015).

Principal Letter | Guidelines | Student Release Form | Essay

WE LUV IT HERE! 5TH GRADE GRANT PROGRAM

In January 2015, school improvement grant applications will be mailed to all Arizona schools, both traditional and charter, with 5th grade classrooms. The program letter will be addressed to the 5th grade teacher(s), and it will encourage their students to complete a proposal for a $5,000 school improvement grant. Once all applications are received, finalists will be selected to present their school improvement ideas to a panel of Suns and Southwest Airlines representatives. Four (4) schools will each be awarded a $5,000 grant to complete the school improvement project. The check presentation to the winning 5th grade classes will occur during the Suns vs. Jazz pregame on April 4, 2015.

Principal Letter | Grant Application | Terms & Conditions

COURT RENOVATIONS COURTESY OF THE SUNS & APS

Does the basketball court at your school or in your community need a makeover? The Phoenix Suns and APS are teaming up to build and improve basketball courts all over Arizona. You could receive a court renovation courtesy of the Phoenix Suns & APS by submitting your "Rebound Project" application here!click here

APS GREEN TEAM

The Suns donate thousands of complimentary tickets to schools and charity organizations each season. Through the APS Green Team program, Arizona middle and high schools can apply for an allotment of tickets to be used as a reward for students who have exemplified an outstanding commitment to their communities and the environment. Three students from each school are selected to have their photos taken with a Suns player on court at halftime and every student receives an official Green Team T-shirt. To nominate your school, click here