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Aug 28, 2014 6:29 PM by Paul Cicala - KVOA Sports Director

Phoenix elementary schools receiving coaches through new grant

PHOENIX - The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, in partnership with UnitedHeathcare, is providing trained coaches to Phoenix elementary schools to improve school climate, reduce bullying, and increase physical activity.

The director of Playworks received a $100,000 check Thursday, which will place 18 full-time coaches at 18 Title 1 elementary schools.

"Playworks was selected as a grant recipient due to its significant impact of reaching over 13,000 students across the Valley, as well as, its direct correlation to the youth health and wellness giving mission," said Jay Parry, President and CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

Playworks said more than 13,500 students will end up benefiting from the full-time coaches and will get at least 45 minutes of activity a day.

"The legacy grant funding not only validates what we do every day to improve the lives of our students, but also allows us to expand our program and continue to teach kids leadership, empathy and citizenship," said Chuck Warshaver, Executive Director of Playworks. "Through active play and classroom curriculum, our youth develop self-confidence and self-esteem empowering them to become our state's future leaders."

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the National Football League Foundation will be presenting another $1.5 million in grants across Arizona.

Non-profits can apply for a grant at www.azsuperbowl.com/community

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