The volunteers at Triple R Horse Rescue practice their own version of the Three Rs—Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome. Twice each day, these committed individuals arrive at Rockaway Hills Ranch in Cave Creek to feed, bathe, and groom the 15 horses that live at the shelter at any one time. They also provide the horses with medical care and basic attention in preparation for finding them permanent, loving homes. In 2013, the organization was awarded “Approved Shelter” status by Adopt-a-Pet.com in recognition of its efforts in the rescued equine community.
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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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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.
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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.
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.
Celebrate the Old West while helping provide shoes for children in need at the Gilbert Days Rodeo. Sanctioned by the Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Association, the rodeo raises money for the Galloping Soles philanthropy program, which helps children in public schools, and features three days of horseback riding, bull riding, roping, and fun.