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In 1991, Chandler youth were constantly in the news. Gang members were killing other gang members, turning children into statistics. Frustrated by the violence, Henry Salinas sought out gang leaders to ask why they spent their time on the streets instead of at youth centers. As a result of what he learned, he founded ICAN—Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods—a free program set in local parks and gymnasiums, designed to keep youth active and making more of their lives.

Today, ICAN continues this mission on a larger scale. ICAN's youth programs include homework help, job-skills development, non-traditional learning programs, and social and leadership development. Recently, its Peer Leaders program filmed a public service announcement to point out the dangers of drug use by comparing it to shoe licking, according to an article in AZ Central. A group of teens took part in the project, which will appear before every film for the next four weeks at Harkins theaters in the Chandler Fashion Center and Chandler Crossroads.

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650 East Morelos Street
Chandler,
AZ
US

Sunbird Golf Resort lines up 18 picturesque holes in its par-66 executive course, which spreads over 4,384 yards amid a welcoming residential area. Though relatively short in overall length, the Gary Panks design brims with obstacles capable of ensnaring wayward balls, including greenside bunkers, water on 10 holes, and mischievous palm trees that drop coconuts to confuse searching golfers. Before a round, players can test green speed on practice putting greens next to the 1st and 10th tee boxes and warm up with shorter strokes on a slightly truncated driving range.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par-66 course
  • Total length of 4,384 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 62 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 102 from the back tees
  • Three sets of tees per hole
  • Scorecard
6250 S Sunbird Blvd
Chandler,
AZ
US

The Desert Duel Charity Basketball Tournament pits AAU level basketball players for two days of invitational games. The high-flying two-day spectacular raises money for charity, raises attention for students who deserve scholarships, and raises the eyebrows of spectators who didn't know basketballs giggled quietly after being dunked. Fierce competition reins between more than 30 student basketball teams including the Memphis Magic, the Illinois Wolves, and the Arizona Stars. Nets swish and buzzers shriek in dozens of exciting games leading to the finale, at which tournament officials crown the national boys' basketball summer champion with a garland of Michael Jordan’s old jerseys. Profits from the tournament benefit Tom Crawford's Leadership Children's Foundation, which supports a variety of youth causes.

500 South McQueen Road
Gilbert,
AZ
US

A volunteer-run and faith-based organization, The Clothes Cabin provides free clothing, shoes, and linens to low-income families. The organization accepts only new or gently used items that are then washed, ironed, and sorted by size to offer an experience similar to shopping at a retail store. Its volunteers served more than 1,000 families in 2011, providing more than 60,000 articles of clothing and household linens. The Clothes Cabin also has a free laundry service and, whenever possible, supplements clothing and linens with donations of books, hygiene items, toys, and diapers.

1131 South Paradise
Gilbert,
AZ
US

Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.

Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.

1122 S Greenfield Rd
Mesa,
AZ
US

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Established: 2007

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: Show up to the walk/run in as much pink as possible. [There will be] prizes for the craziest outfits

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: All-day pass to the Phoenix Zoo included

Q&A with Liana Lopez, Awareness Coordinator

What special training do you or your staff have?

Compassion and empathy training.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

Serving others while attending great events.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

We are a nonprofit that serves breast cancer patients however, all of the staff attends our events. Our events are high energy, positive, and impactful.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The Phoenix Mercury mascot will be attending, along with other professional athletes and celebrities.

6859 E Rembrandt Ave
Mesa,
AZ
US