FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation announced today that the club invested $3.4 million into the Valley community this past fiscal year. The investment reached numerous Arizona non-profit organizations, schools, community partners and youth hockey groups.
"A central pillar of our organization is to positively impact our Arizona community," said Coyotes President & CEO Ahron Cohen. "The Valley has given us tremendous support over the years, and it is our privilege and responsibility to give back and make this community a better place to live. We look forward to surpassing this number this season with our fundraising efforts as we endeavor to find even more opportunities to give back."
Video: Coyotes in the Community: 2018-19
The Arizona Coyotes Foundation supported over 50 non-profit organizations in 2019-20 through its grant recipient program. In addition, the Coyotes funded the team's Reading Program which reached over 100 Valley schools and supported the NHL and NHLPA's Future Goals STEM and the Healthier Me programs. These programs helped educate over 50,000 students in Arizona. The Coyotes also assisted hundreds of nonprofits with donation items to help their fundraising efforts. The Coyotes also constructed a playground for the New World Education Center in Phoenix last January and have plans to build another playground in the Greater Phoenix area this November.
In conjunction with the NHL, the NHLPA and the League's Industry Growth Fund, the Coyotes supported the development of youth hockey in the Valley and State through funding several hockey programs that introduced the sport to over 100,000 boys and girls last year.
These programs include the Raise the Pack School PE Curriculum; the Small Fry's girls hockey development program and Arizona Kachinas girls hockey association; sponsorship of the Arizona Coyotes High School Hockey League; financial support to local ice rinks with the Part of the Pack rink improvement program; and the Little Howlers Learn to Play hockey program which introduces the game of hockey to kids 5-9 years of age.
The Coyotes will introduce three new programs this season to further grow the game. The new initiatives include an adult learn to play hockey program, a Little Howlers inline program, and monthly "Try Hockey Free" sessions.
In addition to a contribution of $3.4 million, the Coyotes organization volunteered roughly 2,000 hours of service this past year. Starting last season, all Coyotes employees are expected to volunteer at least 15 hours of service to the community each year.
For more information on these programs, please visit youth.arizonacoyotes.com.