Education
Bridges Brightest Ballers
During the 2018-2019 season, Rookie Mikal Bridges launched the Bridges Brightest Ballers program. Each month he invited out a star student athlete and honored them at a game. He spent time with the student and their family before the game, awarded the student with a certificate at center court, and even gave them a custom Jersey. At the end of the season he threw a party for all 6 of the ballers. They bowled, played games, ate pizza, and he also gifted each kid with a couple special gifts.
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PHX Suns Scholarship
Phoenix Suns Charities in partnership with the Helios Foundation awarded a lucky student with a four year full tuition scholarship to Northern Arizona University. Carlos Yepiz, a senior at Franklin Fire and Police Academy, was awarded by Suns President Jason Rowley with the 2019 PHX Suns Scholarship after school earlier this year.
Central High School
The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Suns Charities are well into our seventh year in our partnership with Central High School in a program we call SunsCentral: The Hottest Place to Graduate! Since the program began, an emphasis on tutoring by teachers and peer students have been a major focus. Currently, 90% of the student population takes advantage of the tutoring offered. Through this program, the median ACT score of the students in the Kaplan ACT test prep program has risen 10% higher than the campus averages.
NBA Math Hoops
The Phoenix Suns hosted the NBA Math Hoops Phoenix Regional here at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Kids from the local Boys and Girls club got to compete in a fun day of sharpening their math skills with a NBA themed board game. All kids in attendance got prize packs, pizza, and T-shirts. Winners received a NBA Math Hoops trophy and Autographs.
Heart of Freedom Trip
The Phoenix Suns team up with Southwest Airlines to put on the Heart of Freedom contest every year for 7th grade students in the Maricopa County School District. The ten (10) winning artists/students will be selected, based on their artwork depictions of what “A Heart of Freedom” means to them and the content of their essays. The winning students get to take a trip courtesy of Southwest Airlines to a historical part of the country and learn the role it played in establishing our free United States we know today. Trips in the past have included New York, Boston, Atlanta, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C. & more!
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