These are exciting times to live in the Valley of the Sun! Perfect weather and great job opportunities combine to make the Phoenix metropolitan area one of the fastest growing communities in the United States.
As critical as this growth is to the Valley's economic vitality, it also presents important Phoenix crime prevention and community welfare challenges in terms of dealing with increased crime, unemployment and broken families.
To address Phoenix crime prevention and community welfare, a group of Phoenix-area community leaders united in 1994 to research the feasibility of developing a new program, which would assist young men in enhancing their education and employment potential. This "exploratory committee" compiled the basic structure of a Valley-wide midnight basketball league. The committee established that this was a critical time to commence a community supported and funded program to promote Phoenix crime prevention.
By 1995 the Phoenix Suns created a community-based board of directors for the program, called "Suns Nite Hoops", and Phoenix Suns Charities committed $200,000 operational seed money to this program whose ultimate goal is Phoenix crime prevention and rehabilitation. Former Suns Chief Executive Officer Jerry Colangelo agreed to serve as the Honorary Commissioner and Gerald Richard of the Phoenix Police Department accepted the position as the first Board Chairman. After much planning and preparation, Suns Nite Hoops, a 501(c) (3) non-profit agency dedicated to Phoenix crime prevention and rehabilitation, started operations in 1996.
Over the years, the program has grown substantially, and hosted many of the Valley's most sought after events. The annual Suns Nite Hoops events invite the community to contribute to the program and help to change a life, while enjoying a uniquely unforgettable experience.
Take a moment to learn more about this great program.