Phoenix Suns Charities was founded in 1988 with the mission to benefit organizations that assist the needs of children and families in Arizona. Due to the generosity of fans and sponsors, and underwriting by the team, Phoenix Suns Charities has experienced steady growth and now distributes more than a million dollars annually to hundreds of local charities. Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than 21 million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations.
Phoenix Suns Charities was the vision of original Phoenix Suns Chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo. Upon his purchase of the team in 1987, he began to assemble a board of community leaders to oversee the formation and operation of a charitable effort that would reflect the Suns mission to be a constant leader in improving the quality of life in our community. Current Suns managing partner, Robert Sarver, has extended the reach of the charity by involving additional community stakeholders who work in partnership with Phoenix Suns Charities to further leverage and steward the donations that come in to the foundation.
PHX Suns Scholarship
Carlos Yepiz was awarded a four year full tuition scholarship compliments of Phoenix Suns Charities, Northern Arizona University, and the Helios Education Foundation.
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. 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.
Devin Booker Pledges $2.5 Million Dollars
At Jump Ball, Phoenix Suns Charities signature fund-raising event, Devin Booker pledged to give 2.5 Million Dollars to Phoenix Suns Charities and create the new Starting Five Grant.
Genesis City Academy was granted $100,000 dollars to continue their commitment to the youth in Phoenix.
Spirit of Cotton
Rich Utter, Head Coach of Rincon High basketball, was awarded the Spirit of Cotton Award.
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