Suns CEO Welts to Speak at Caffe Boa

Posted: Aug. 17, 2011

The Phoenix Suns are inviting fans of all ages to take their shot on the main court at US Airways Center, when the club hosts the “Suns Operation Orange Shoot-around at US Airways Center” on Friday, Phoenix Suns President & CEO, Rick Welts will share his courageous story when he joins a panel of speakers at Caffe Boa in Tempe tomorrow night, as part of’s “Arizona Storytellers” series.

The event, “Life on the Edge: Stories Inspired by the Grand Canyon” will feature Welts, along with The Republic’s Karina Bland and Richard Ruelas, discussing individual moments that have changed each of their lives. Welts will describe the events that led up to his May 16 front-page New York Times story that announced he is gay, becoming the first senior executive of a major league sports team to do so.

Admission to the event is free; however a $10 donation ($5 for students) is encouraged, with proceeds benefitting Republic Charities. Seating begins at 7 p.m., with speakers scheduled to take the stage at 7:30. Guests are strongly encouraged to make a reservation with the restaurant.

In celebration of Arizona’s centennial year, The Arizona Republic, 12 News and created “Arizona Storytellers” as a way for Arizonans to share inspirational stories with one another. In order to bring the project to life, has hosted a series of live storytelling nights this summer, including tomorrow night’s event at Caffe Boa.

Caffe Boa is located at 398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Welts’ participation is yet another example of the community outreach initiatives the Phoenix Suns have undertaken as part of the team’s “Operation Orange” campaign. The campaign gives fans an opportunity to interact with the Suns and the community through a variety of events, social media campaigns and charitable causes. Fans are encouraged to log onto for “Operation Orange” updates and events throughout the Valley.