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Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Receives $100,000 Grant from Fiesta Bowl Charities to Launch New Mountain Biking Program
By Autumn Jarrett - Tuesday Apr 27, 2021
Fiesta Bowl Charities has awarded Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) $100,000 to support the organization’s newly created mountain biking program for Girl Scouts across central and northern Arizona. The grant will support the purchase of a trailer for supporting and transporting the mountain bikes, a truck to pull the trailer, and all the equipment for the girls to hit the Arizona trails.

“We are extremely grateful to Fiesta Bowl Charities for providing funds to expand our program offerings which include giving girls access and resources for new outdoor experiences,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “Over the lifetime of the bikes, we’ll be able to provide tens of thousands of girls the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures while also learning the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and learning new skills.”

GSACPC was among 44 nonprofit organizations across the state of Arizona that benefited from Fiesta Bowl Charities grant funding in the 2020-21 season. Through the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl and various community events throughout the year, Fiesta Bowl Charities has granted $16 million in charitable giving for the past five years alone.

“We are committed to enhancing the lives of Arizonans, and by supporting GSACPC and their amazing grassroots efforts, we are collectively making a meaningful difference,” said Patrick Barkley, chair of the Fiesta Bowl board of directors. “Giving back to the Arizona community has been core to the Fiesta Bowl mission since we were founded 50 years ago, from our board of directors to Yellow Jacket committee, volunteers and staff.”

Through Girl Scouts, local female leaders of tomorrow practice essential life skills and develop the confidence they need to create their own success, whatever that looks like to them. They receive support and mentorship from an inclusive network of girls and women who champion every girl’s potential to do amazing things. Girl Scouts helps girls thrive in five key ways as they:

1. Develop a strong sense of self
2. Seek challenge and learn from setbacks
3. Display positive values
4. Form and maintain healthy relationships
5. Identify and solve problems in their communities

The grant will allow GSACPC to further its proven Girl Scout Leadership Experience – a one-of-a-kind leadership development program (and the largest in the world!) focused on helping girls:
• Engage in healthy activities
• Explore the great outdoors
• Learn the foundations of the sport through bike safety, maintence knowledge, and skill development
• Participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skill-building
• Take risks in a safe, all-girl environment
• Develop confidence and grit
• Take the lead in her own life and the world

“The last year has been incredibly challenging for us all, and that is why it is imperative that the Fiesta Bowl still deliver these necessary funds to Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts,” said Fiesta Bowl executive director Mike Nealy. “The heroes are nonprofits like Girl Scouts across Arizona who use these funds to improve people’s lives, specifically girl’s lives, right where they need it. We are part of this community, and it’s our mission to give back to the community.”

Quick facts about Fiesta Bowl Charities:
$5.5 million given in charitable giving for 2020-21 season
44 nonprofits benefit from Fiesta Bowl Charities’ grant cycle in 2020-21
$16 million in charitable giving over last five years
$21 million in charitable giving over last 10 years
$3.7 million granted through Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers in program’s first five years
Fiesta Bowl gives more in annual charitable giving than any college bowl organization
More than 1 million people served in 2020-21
3,723,570 meals served in 2020-21
50,000 PPE face masks distributed in 2020-21

In partnership with 6,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves 11,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. Girl Scouts grow courageous and strong through girl-driven programs, ranging from summer camp to troop activities and product sales. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

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 PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Guaranteed Rate Bowl and its year-round events, such as the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade, 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. Learn more at and @Fiesta_Bowl on Twitter and Instagram.