Fiesta Bowl Partners with BHHS Legacy Foundation, PNC Bank, Lerner & Rowe and KABOOM! to Build a Sports Complex at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado Riverâ€™s Fort Mohave Clubhouse
By Justin Liggin -
Monday Oct 24, 2022
Fiesta Bowl Charities, along with partners BHHS Legacy Foundation, PNC Bank, Lerner & Rowe and KABOOM!, built a new, innovative playground and multi-purpose sport court in Fort Mohave, while also planting a new football field. Located in the Colorado River Valley, this is the 12th site for a Fiesta Bowl Charities playground legacy project over the last five years.
More than 100 volunteers from Fiesta Bowl Charities, BHHS Legacy Foundation and KABOOM! came together to build the state-of-the-art playground and sport court for more than 800 children in the Fort Mohave community.
In addition to the newly-built structures, the Fiesta Bowl dedicated a new 70,000+ square foot field that was the playing surface for the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bowl between Minnesota and West Virginia.
â€œWe are thrilled to bring this Sports Complex to Fort Mohave and specifically the youth in this community,â€ said Kristina Chumpol, Senior Director of Community Relations for the Fiesta Bowl. â€œThere is no doubt that these amazing facilities will have tremendous impact on several generations and provide great opportunity for them to participate in activities centered on wellness and sports.â€
Earlier this year, children from Fort Mohave created the concept of their dream play space and shared their artwork with project organizers. The drawings were used as inspiration for the 2,000 square foot playground designâ€”and now those dreams are a reality.
Working with Fiesta Bowl Charities to make the new football field in Fort Mohave a reality are PNC Bank and Lerner & Rowe Gives Back. The next step in the new complex is the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado Riverâ€™s Fort Mohave Clubhouse, which is currently being built.
â€œOur team has worked with Fiesta Bowl Charities on several community relations projects over the years to help build playgrounds, football fields and sport courts, support teachers, and prop up local youth,â€ said Kevin Rowe, founder of the Lerner & Rowe Gives Back foundation. â€œWe are honored to continue building these meaningful relationships and celebrating positive moments with a renewed partnership, to include signing on as the presenting partner of the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade. This longstanding partnership is one of the greatest ways for us to engage with others locally and show our commitment to supporting youth for generations to come.â€
This is the first playground in Fort Mohave. Before receiving the new play space, Fort Mohave residents faced a 20-minute commute to nearby Bullhead City just to get to a playground. With play being so important for kids, the Fort Mohave community now has a safe space to gather, foster relationships and promote healthy lifestyles for their children.
â€œThe BHHS Legacy Foundation continues its 20+ year history of supporting and building the Tri Stateâ€™s parks and recreation facilities that enhance the lives of our youth and strengthen the family structure of our residents,â€ said Dan Oehler, Legacy Foundation chairman. â€œThis is our third KABOOM! project in the area and, having witnessed the success of the KABOOM! facilities in which we have previously participated at Bullhead Cityâ€™s Rotary Park and Mohave Valley Community Park, the Foundation was thrilled with the opportunity to work with Fiesta Bowl Charities and our other community partners to ensure the children and their parents in the Mohave Mesa area have the enjoyable opportunity to access these delightful and safe exercise play areas in their immediate neighborhood.â€
Fiesta Bowl Charities and BHHS Legacy Foundation granted KABOOM! funding to help build the playground and support KABOOM! in promoting and protecting a childâ€™s right to active play at home, at school and in the community. Volunteers worked together for three days to build the new play space from the ground up.
â€œPlaygrounds are an iconic part of childhood. Theyâ€™re not only where kids collect some of their best memories, but also where crucial skills are developed that nurture their physical, mental and emotional well-being,â€ said Lysa Ratliff, CEO of KABOOM!. â€œKABOOM! is thrilled to work with our partners to bring to life the new play space at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado Riverâ€™s Fort Mohave Clubhouse and ensure that kids in Fort Mohave have a place designed just for them, where they can play, learn and unlock their greatest potential.â€
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River have been making a positive impact for children and families since 1987. Clubs enable young people, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Fiesta Bowl Charities Field and Sports Complex at the Fort Mohave Clubhouse will provide a safe place for children in the community to experience play and build healthy lifestyles.
â€œHaving dreamed for such a long time about having a dedicated space for Fort Mohave kids, and then having it come to fruition with a giant field, playground and sport court is beyond our wildest dreams,â€ said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River. â€œWe see firsthand every day how important having a safe place to play is for kids, and without a doubt I know that this sports complex will change lives!â€
The ribbon-cutting ceremony included the dedication of Fiesta Bowl Field, which is the same football field that was used in downtown Phoenix to host the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bowl. The field was donated in partnership with PNC Bank and Lerner & Rowe and is dedicated in memory of Bob Swartzman, a late board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River.
â€œAs a National Main Street Bank, PNC is committed to making a positive difference for our customers and communities,â€ said Cathleen Walker, PNC Regional President for Phoenix and Northern Arizona. â€œWe are proud to support this state-of-the-art athletic complex for children in Fort Mohave. This space allows greater access for local children to engage in activities that will positively impact their physical, behavioral and social wellness.â€
Given the distance between Fort Mohave families and the nearest playground, a complex like the one built on Saturday has always been a wish for this community. It will allow Fort Mohave children to be active, healthy, and gives them access to valuable social-emotional learning opportunities and the chance to build positive relationships with other youth.
About the Fiesta Bowl Organization
Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans during and outside of college football bowl season. As a nonprofit organization, it is driven by its vision for the importance of community outreach and service. Through the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl and its year-round events, such as the Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe, corporate partnerships and numerous community events throughout the year, the organization provides charitable giving to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that serve communities through youth, sports and education.
KABOOM! is the national non-profit that works to achieve playspace equity. Kids who donâ€™t have access to play miss out on childhood and are denied critical opportunities to build physical, social and emotional health. And all too often, it more deeply affects communities of color. So we amplify the power of communities to build inspiring playspaces that spark unlimited opportunities for every kid, everywhere. KABOOM! has teamed up with partners to build or improve 17,000+ playspaces, engage more than 1.5 million community members and bring joy to more than 11 million kids. To learn about our goal to end playspace inequity for good, visitÂ kaboom.orgÂ and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River is focused on one goal; to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Founded in 1988, the Club has continuously served the youth of the tri-state area with after-school and summer programs ensuring that all kids have a safe and fun place to go. To learn more and stay up to date on all future events please visit our websiteÂ www.clubriver.orgÂ and follow us on FacebookÂ www.facebook.com/clubriver.
About BHHS Legacy Foundation
BHHS Legacy Foundation supports organizations that enhance health and quality of life in the Greater Phoenix area and the Tri-State region of northern Arizona. It does this by funding grants to nonprofits with health-related programs, nurturing collaborative partnerships, and raising funds through Legacy Connection to support community organizations. To date, BHHS Legacy Foundation had invested more than $110 million in nonprofits to support programs in our communities.
About PNC Bank
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit http://www.pnc.com.
About Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys
Attorneys Glen Lerner and Kevin Rowe have grown Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys into one of the largest personal injury firms in the country with 11 locations just in Arizona, over 50 total attorneys, and more than 350 total support staff. The law firmâ€™s continuous exalted levels of success can be attributed to the high levels of respect and dignity shown to victims and family members hurt in an accident. Further, the firm takes pride in nourishing these relationships as they know a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in obtaining fair compensation for the pain and suffering inflicted upon the victims of tortious conduct. Learn more about the firm and the many other community services they support at http://www.LernerAndRowe.com, http://www.LernerAndRoweGivesBack.com, and @LernerAndRowe on Instagram.