A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
As part of the organization’s Santa Cruz River restoration project, volunteers will replant native mesquite trees and combat invasive species such as Russian thistle, amaranth, and bermuda grass. Volunteers will also conduct water-harvesting tasks such as earth contouring and rock work to help slow the flow of water and increase water infiltration in order to reduce erosion and promote the growth of native vegetation. The restoration project needs funding so that the Sonoran Institute can purchase supplies including an emergency-first-aid kit, pruning shears, spade shovels, McLeod rakes and hoes for water harvesting, and snacks for volunteers.
Sponsored by Hope4Heroes and the MLB Players Alumni Association, the Wounded Heroes Baseball Classic game supports charitable causes through a casual game played by war veterans, active soldiers, and MLB greats. This year's game will feature appearances by several baseball pros, including Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins, Jeff Kent, Micah Bowie, Chuck McElroy, Jay Bell, and Jay Johnstone. A portion of the proceeds from the March 12 game will go to a community fund in honor of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest casualty of the January 8 Tucson shooting, which will be used to provide for education programs in southern Arizona.
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.