Many Arizona residents aren’t from this state and, more often than not, have loyal sports affiliation with other teams — we’re talking about you, Cubs fans — so it’s not surprising that Arizona’s six professional sports teams struggle at times to generate widespread enthusiasm. The Arizona Sports Fan Expo might just change that.
Cub Scout Pack 478, operating out of Ahwatukee’s Lagos Elementary School in Lakewood, hosted the Arrow Of Light graduation ceremony on April 15 at Western Star Park. The Arrow Of Light is the highest honor awarded to a Cub Scout, honoring the hard work and dedication needed to graduate. Last year’s graduating scout’s, who are now in Boy Scout Troop 16, returned to assist in the ceremony and honor their achievement. The Arrow Of Light recipient’s were Adam Cooper, R.D., Matthew Knowles, Patrick Koehler, Will Richmond and Gunner Pettit.
A Planet Fitness club member was surprised recently with a check for $1,000 and a free membership for a year. Additionally, the fitness chain matched the giveaway with a presentation of a check for $1,000 to the 100 Club of Arizona.
With the Chicago Cubs firmly entrenched in their new confines in Mesa, Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park are undergoing serious upgrades to prepare for their next tenant, who expect to move in later this year.
With the Chicago Cubs now at Cubs Park, workers are revamping Hohokam Stadium to host a new team for the 2015 spring training season. The team, the Oakland A's, will play their Cactus League games at the stadium for at least 20 years. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Don and Nancy Smith pose in front of a replica of the Wrigley Field Marquee on opening day at Cubs Park in Mesa on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The Chicago Cubs took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the spring training game.
Don and Nancy Smith pose in front of a replica of the Wrigley Field Marquee on opening day at Cubs Park in Mesa on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Illinois residents make up a large portion of Arizona's winter tourism.
The fourth annual Spring Training Poker Classic benefiting the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund returns to West Scottsdale on March 1. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 seat to the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Registration is at 6:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.
Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez was inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Laredo, Texas. Gonzalez was the 16th Major League Baseball player to be inducted into the Latin American Sports Hall of Fame that will also honor Tino Martinez as well as seven additional athletes and professionals this Saturday.
After months of construction, the Chicago Cubs’ new spring training facility is just two months away from full completion. Built in part with taxpayer funds — voters approved a measure for the city to contribute $1.5 million to the project — the Cubs will run the stadium and other accoutrements like the player development facility, indoor batting cage, mini field for infield practice and two full-sized fields. The city will control the neighboring Riverview Park that will feature a lake for fishing and climbing walls among other attractions. Once the stadium is completed in December, the team plans to host open houses for the public and for season-ticket holders to check out the finished product. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Tim and Suzanne Wolf of Ahwatukee announced that their son, Alex, 13, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. Wolf began scouting as a Cub Scout with Pack 879 at Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary and earned his Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, when he was 10. He then bridged into Boy Scout Troop 14, which meets at Esperanza Lutheran Church. His Eagle Project consisted of building a wall within the offices of The 100 Club in order to create a therapy room for police officers and firefighters to meet with counselors. The 100 Club is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate assistance to fallen and injured police and fire personnel and their families following a critical incident. For more information or to make a donation, visit http://www.100club.org/web/100Club.