We’re Looking for Qualified Title I Arizona Schools that are interested in participating in the AFA pilot program!
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Athletes for Arizona

We envision schools in which all students can participate in physical, social, and mental wellbeing through planned programming and sports participation to enhance the educational, social, emotional, and physical benefits that our youth deserve in life.

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Building a better future for youth in our communities.

Athletes for Arizona logoAthletes for Arizona aims to galvanize sports philanthropy statewide by connecting people and organizations that value the way sports and physical activity enrich the community. The initiative is a partnership between the Arizona Community Foundation, Athletes for Hope, and The Be Kind People Project, designed to support youth in underserved communities, with a focus on these three main pillars:

  • Education

  • Mental and Physical Health

  • Advocacy and Equity

Give to Athletes for Arizona

Experience The Be Kind People Project assembly at Sun Canyon Elementary.

Collaborative approach

Through an innovative partnership between three leading organizations, Athletes for Arizona delivers physical activity programming, education on healthy living, mental health education, and increased sports participation in elementary and middle schools across Arizona.

Athletes for Arizona aims to engage expert partners to create bold solutions that activate more youth in participating in healthy lifestyles including physical activity and sports participation.

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Provides youth sports participation awards, shares funding opportunities with potential donors, engages local sports professionals, and measures the program's overall impact.

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Recruits athlete mentors, provides mental health programming, and increases advocacy and equity for youth sports.

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Identifies partner schools, delivers evidence-based health and character education programming , and collects and communicates program results.  

Pilot Program

We’re Looking for Qualified Title I Arizona Schools that are interested in participating in the AFA pilot program in the fall of 2023. See if your school qualifies or recommend a school for consideration.

Opportunities Available to Schools

Participating schools receive a comprehensive year-round program including the following services.

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Sports Participation Awards

Free sports participation opportunities for students in Title 1 schools that have demonstrated need.

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Athlete Involvement and Mentorship

Professional athletes and other sports professionals actively participate  in increasing youth sports participation and physical activity among young people.

The BE KIND School

Year-round health and character resources and a national designation from BKPP.

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Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be Kind.® Assembly

High-energy and engaging all-school assembly presented by THE BE KIND CREW inspiring kindness and healthy lifestyle choices.

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BE KIND Classroom Resources

Access to over 750 classroom-ready character and health education lessons, videos, projects, worksheets, and games for K-8 teachers.

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BE KIND Wellness Wednesday

Weekly health newsletter providing strategies for teachers and parents to promote all aspects of wellness.

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BE KIND Move Across America

Digital classroom fitness app that allows schools to record physical activity and virtually move across America, unlocking videos, games, and digital souvenirs along the way.

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AFH Education

Mental Health Ambassadors work with youth to deliver supportive mental health resources to build resilience in students around mental health.

OUR YOUTH MATTER

I believe that supporting these programs is not only a moral imperative but also a wise investment in the future of our youth.

AFA school district director of community partnerships

OUR YOUTH MATTER

This levels the playing field so that everyone has the opportunity to play sports no matter what their background is.

AFA school principal

OUR YOUTH MATTER

I love the integration of athletes as positive examples and the sports awards will be life-changing for these kids.

AFA school principal

Support Athletes for Arizona

Through this collaborative effort, Arizona can lead in improving overall health and wellness and create strong future leaders for Arizona.

Through this collaborative effort, Arizona can lead in improving overall health and wellness and create strong future leaders for Arizona.