Athletes for Arizona | An AFH & ACF Initiative

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Athletes for Arizona

About Athletes for Arizona

Athletes for Hope and the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) have come together to create Athletes for Arizona (AFA), a new, focused initiative that unites the sports and philanthropy communities throughout the state. AFA aims to galvanize sports philanthropy statewide by connecting people and organizations that value the way sports enrich the community. The initiative is designed to support youth in underserved communities by delivering AFH programming like AFH Fit, Hospital Heroes and Whole Being Athlete with a focus on three main pillars:

  • Education
  • Mental and physical health
  • Advocacy and equity

AFA will be comprised of an impressive and diverse group of individuals who share an interest in convening on a regular basis to learn new skills, discuss important societal issues, support the charitable initiatives of other athletes and charitable organizations associated with the ACF, and take action in their communities.

Want to get involved with AFA? Send us an email!

AFA and Mental Health

AFH is proud to share an Athletes for Arizona Mental Health panel series, featuring athletes and mental health industry leaders. Our panelists will discuss the importance of raising awareness, reflecting on their own stories and sharing resources to benefit the Arizona community.

AFA and Women’s History Month

During the month of March, AFH was proud to share virtual conversations in celebration of Women’s History Month. Hosted by AFH’s Joy Burke, these discussions highlighted female athletes and organizations in Arizona.


About the Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona is home to many current and retired professional athletes who give back to the community in important ways. Through ACF’s Center for Sports and Philanthropy, professional sports teams and athletes have a trusted, local, nonprofit partner in charitable giving. The Center for Sports Philanthropy has longstanding partnerships with the Suns, Coyotes, Fiesta Bowl, and individual professional athletes. Its Sports Fund of Arizona has donated over $7 million in the past three years to over 125 sports programs statewide. ACF currently has over $1.1 billion in assets and has made over $1.1 billion in grants since its inception. Learn more about ACF here.