Phoenix Suns Charities has named ICAN, an East Valley youth program, recipient of the annual Playmaker Award grant of $100,000. The award is the largest amount given annually and is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities' 39 Playmaker donors.

ICAN was chosen for its youth programs, which are research- and evidence-based to prevent substance abuse, gang activity and juvenile delinquency in youth ages 5 to 18.

The grant will go towards construction of a new 21,000-square-foot facility for ICAN, currently scheduled to begin construction in September. With the award, the Phoenix Suns Charities receive naming rights to the basketball court at the new facility.

The need for a new facility for ICAN has emerged out of significant growth for the 20-year old nonprofit. Since 2006, ICAN has seen more than a 260 percent increase in youth daily attendance, which is coupled with significant municipal growth around the current facility that limits expansion options at the current site. The new facility will include six class rooms, a technology and learning center, dedicated teen center, half gym, administrative offices, community conference rooms and a basketball court.

• Allison Hurtado, (480) 898-7924 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

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