Around the state in sports
Trails 4 Trials to benefit Gateway for Cancer Research
GOODYEAR – Cyclists from around Arizona will be gathering in Goodyear on Sept. 27 for the Second Annual Trails 4 Trials cycle and community event to benefit Gateway for Cancer Research.
Thanks to a partnership with Cancer Treatment Centres of America (CTCA), $.99 of every dollar raised will go to fund cancer clinical trials. T4T is a sanctioned and timed USA cycling road race offering four course distances: a 100, 50 and 25-mile race, as well as a three-mile Family Fun Ride. The event will be held at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® in Goodyear. Start times will be staggered and all rides will culminate with the Bike Bash celebration featuring live music, food, beverages, raffles, youth activities and more. The Bike Bash is free and open to the public.
“Trails 4 Trials celebrates and supports heroic people living with cancer today, their families and caregivers and physician-researchers who work hard to save more lives,” said Gateway President, Teresa Hall Bartels. “We are so thrilled to host the second annual T4T event in Goodyear, and excited to unite members of the surrounding communities who believe there is a better way to conquer cancer.”
Signature event sponsors for the 2014 T4T event include Sunquest Information Systems, Inc. Race registration is open and available now on the official T4T Web site: www.trails4trials.org.
Super Bowl, Cancer Treatment Centers of America partnering
PHOENIX – The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and Cancer Treatment Centers of America® are teaming up in a partnership.
As part of its sponsorship, CTCA will provide information at Super Bowl Central Information Booths to educate the estimated one-million attendees about cancer prevention, as well as, provide dozens of complimentary sunscreen dispensers.
The patients and staff at the Western Regional Medical Center celebrated the sponsorship with NFL alumni, Valley dignitaries, SPIKE the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Mascot, Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, Big Red, and a high school marching band hosted an “indoor tailgate party.”
“It’s this type of community enthusiasm and corporate support that’s fueling the momentum to host the best Super Bowl yet,” said Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “We applaud the vision, leadership and support from CTCA, the latest teammate to be added to our corporate roster for Super Bowl XLIX.”
With balloons, banners and football-style frenzy, dozens gathered for the celebration.
“We are so fortunate that a world-class event is returning to our West Valley, and this partnership with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee provides us with an opportunity to continue to support our local community in new and innovative ways,” said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA at Western. “We plan to utilize this unique platform to educate, inform and enlighten the masses about prevention and general cancer awareness.”
The partnership with the AZSBHC is a fully integrated relationship with advertising, community events, public relations, social media and hospitality.
For cancer survivor, seasoned coach and former football player, Walter Weaver this was a marquee day. “I came to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in 2012 after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Whether playing the game of football or fighting for your life, I truly understand the importance of teamwork,” said Walter Weaver. “I am privileged to be a part of this event and honored that my treatment facility continues to support its community.”
Super Bowl Central, a pedestrian-friendly, twelve-block area located in Downtown Phoenix, will be the hub of activity the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Fans can enjoy the free, football-themed fan campus from Jan. 28 through the start of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.
Teal It Up Golf Tournament, Sept. 20
PHOENIX – Golfing fans can head over to the east valley and tee off for a good cause on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation is partnering with The Teal It Up Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to creating awareness about ovarian cancer and raising funds to fight ovarian cancer in Arizona. They’re hosting the Teal It Up Golf Tournament and Tee for Teal Luncheon.
“With two strong foundations coming together, we can create greater momentum in the fight for finding an earlier means of detection and hopefully, a cure,” said Jan Coggins, ovarian cancer survivor and founder of The Teal It Up Foundation. “We are grateful for this wonderful opportunity to work with The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation in our mutual efforts to combat this dreadful disease.”
The day’s events will include a morning of golf at Rio Verde Country Club, silent auction, lunch, and event programming. The programming for the event includes the presentation of two 2014 ARM Foundation Scholarships and the 5th Annual Anne Rita Monahan Crusader Award. The Teal It Up Foundation will also present a variety of golf awards, including the prestigious Barbara Douglas Award for the first place foursome.
“The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation is honored to partner with The Teal It Up Foundation for this event,” said Jennifer Graves, president of The Anne Rita Monahan Foundation. “Together we hope to empower those individuals and their families who may have been affected by this disease and help raise awareness and support the cause.”
Proceeds from the silent auction will help further support the ARM Foundation’s annual scholarship program. Attendees can attend the golf tournament, the luncheon or both.
Individual golfer costs are $150, and a foursome is $500. Luncheon costs start at $50. All golf registration includes green fees, golf cart, practice facilities/range balls, breakfast, and lunch. Sponsorship packages are also available.
For more information about the golf tournament or to register, visit www.tealitup.org. For more information about the luncheon or to register, visit www.anneritamonahanfoundation.org.
Phoenix Suns seeking new corporate sponsor
PHOENIX – The US Airways Center will be changing its name next year.
American Airlines’ 10-year agreement with the Phoenix Suns is up in 2015, and they have elected not to renew the deal. The Phoenix Suns are now seeking a new corporate sponsor and will once again be getting a new name for their arena.
The Us Airways Center was formerly known as the America West Arena. Built in 1992, the center has been sponsored by this airline since. When America West Airlines became known as US Airways, the center’s name changed, too. Now, naming rights will be granted to a new corporate sponsor.
No potential sponsors have been named yet, but the Suns are seeking out possibilities.