GLENDALE – The Arizona Coyotes Foundation and Microsoft on Monday teamed to fill and distribute 2,500 backpacks with school supplies for kids in Arizona for the upcoming academic year.
At an event staged at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 100 children from the team's two non-profit partners - the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix and Heart for the City – received the "Back to School Power Play" backpacks stuffed by Microsoft volunteers, and then capped the outing by playing games, dancing, and eating pizza and ice cream. The backpacks not passed out on Monday are being distributed to the Sojourner Center and to other children involved in the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix and Heart for the City who were unable to attend the event.
The school supplies, which included pencils, crayons, highlighters, glue sticks, loose-leaf paper and pocket folders, were provided by Microsoft, the Coyotes and fans of the Coyotes who donated them at the team's recent NHL Draft Party at Jobing.com Arena.
Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc, mascot Howler and members of the Paw Patrol attended Monday's event on behalf of the Coyotes.
"To be able to provide some of the actual basics that kids need when it comes to going to school is something we're quite proud of," LeBlanc said. "We can't thank Microsoft enough for such a great partnership - and allowing us to be a part of it - and for being such a large financial backer in this program."