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Chef Beau MacMillan & TNFL Founder Wayne Kostroski

MacMillan named AZ Cardinals’ celebrity chef

Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization, announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.

As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.

“With millions of people in America struggling with hunger, the need to do more is greater than ever,” said Zimmern. “I am honored to support Taste of the NFL’s efforts as culinary host and one of many of this country’s top chefs and NFL players that are raising money and awareness in support of food banks throughout the United States.”

This year’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger.

Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com. Prices are $700 each for guest tickets and $9,000 for VIP tables of 10. An exclusive Diamond Package Experience is also available. For more information, visit tasteofthenfl.com/superbowlevent.

Those who can’t attend the event can still support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by participating in the Kick Hunger Challenge. NFL fans can visit www.KickHungerChallenge.com and make a donation on behalf of their favorite team. All proceeds from the Kick Hunger Challenge go directly to food banks in NFL team cities.

Arizona fundraising efforts include a Valley-wide restaurant fundraising promotion that supports Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge to promote awareness and action to end hunger in America – with local funds raised staying in Arizona.

In the spirit of Super Bowl XLIX, Taste of the NFL is enlisting 49 local restaurants to participate in the challenge from October – December to raise funds and compete for a chance to be part of the Taste of the NFL action. All proceeds raised in the “Flavors of the Valley” competition will support two local food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix and Vista del Camino Food Bank in Scottsdale.

The five (5) restaurants that raise the most money during promotion will be invited to participate in the “Flavors of the Valley” area at the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®.

Taste of the NFL’s 24th Anniversary partners that have lent an effort to Kick Hunger include: E&J Gallo Winery, American Family Insurance, Low T Centers and TNFL’s newest partner, Arizona-based Avnet.

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Thirsty Thursday: Beer Cocktails for the Big Game

Traditionally, Thirsty Thursday is all about cocktails at our favorite restaurants and bars in the Valley. To kickoff the NFL season, though, we’re going to add a little beer to the mix.

Beer cocktails are increasingly making space on drink menus. It’s a great mixer, thanks to its carbonation, as well as its complicated flavor profiles that offer nearly infinite possibilities as far as mixing goes.

Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the best of both spirit worlds (with a few shout outs to our staff’s favorite teams):

The Angry Bird (Cardinals)
This punch ends up a bit pink when all is said and done, but it isn’t something a little food coloring can’t remedy! To make this drink, add about a cup of frozen raspberries, four bottles of raspberry beer (we like Leinenkugel’s Summer Berry Wheat), but there are plenty of raspberry ales out there, about two cups of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate and a half cup of vodka. Mix these ingredients together and serve over ice. Add slices of lemon if you want!

The Chief (Kansas City Chiefs)
Since it’s so dang hot out there, you may want to wash your BBQ down with a watermelon and wheat beer smoothie. Here’s the Ziplist recipe.

The Black and Yellow (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Have some leftover white wine or champagne? Pour yourself half a flute of either drink, then top it off with Guinness (or another heavy stout). Enjoy with a Philly Cheese Steak — or Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow.” (It never gets old during football season, c’mon!) — You can also try this with cream soda, if you’re not a wine person!

The Buckin’ Bronco (Denver Broncos)
(Disclaimer: This one is lifted from a 1980s Tom Cruise movie called “Cocktail.”) This drink will kick your opponents in the cup. Pour about a cup and a half of tomato juice, a bottle of lager, a splash of lemon juice and a raw egg with a few hits of hot sauce into a class. Stir and chug.

Tailgaters’ Delight: The Gridiron Punch
Throw your biggest jug into your truck bed and head to that tailgate party with this recipe in tow. You’ll be the favorite guys and gals in the lot. This beer, juice and soda mix is refreshing and perfect for big groups of guzzlers. Recipe here.

Beergarita (For the neutral out there)
This is exactly what it sounds like — a margarita with beer. You usually see photos of this drink as a large margarita goblet with an overturned Corona sitting shotgun. If you don’t have a fancy goblet, just mix about a cup and half of limeade, tequila and lager in a blender (with ice, if you prefer. Though you can serve this on the rocks, too.). Salt the rim of your glass with lime juice as a base.

Football

NFL’s Drew Brees Challenges Phoenix

Today marks the launch of the 4th Super Service Challenge, which is hosted by Companies With A Mission (CWAM) and The Brees Dream Foundation. These two organizations will come together to award over $1,000,000 amongst hundreds of charities nationwide as part of the 2013 Super Service Challenge.

The Super Service Challenge is an initiative orchestrated by CWAM to expose people across the country to a greater purpose and heart of service in the workplace.  Whether it’s someone working in a corporate office suite, a stay-at-home parent, or even a full-time student, participation is open to all who want to serve with a group from their workplace.

In past two years, the focus of the Super Service Challenge has been concentrated in the city where the NFL’s Championship game was to be held.  This year, the Super Service Challenge will expand to a national effort, with the message and mission spreading across America.

“Phoenix, I’m challenging you to beat the other Big Game cities – Indianapolis, New York and New Orleans — in the 2013 Super Service Challenge,” says Brees, founder of The Brees Dream Foundation. “The purpose of the Super Service Challenge is to inspire a greater sense of community through volunteerism. All you have to do is serve a charity in Arizona and capture it on video. Are you up for the challenge Phoenix?”

Those interested in participating simply need to serve a non-profit (501c3) with a group of people and share the story about how they served. That story can be shared as a short video, PowerPoint presentation, or even a series of photographs.

Drew Brees, founder of The Brees Dream Foundation and quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, is returning for the second year as the official spokesperson for the Super Service Challenge. “I’m honored to be part of the Super Service Challenge and excited to change the lives for thousands across the country,” said Brees, “What strikes me the most about the Super Service Challenge is the simplicity and magnitude of the mission. Uniting co-workers, students and friends to benefit the community is one of the most rewarding aspects of the mission.”

A panel of independent and celebrity judges, along with input from the public, will select the winning entries. Once the judging is complete, winners will be awarded part of cash donations totaling over $1,000,000 to be given directly to the charities served by those winning teams. The winners will be announced in January of 2014, just before the big game.

“We have had the privilege to see firsthand the impact the Super Service Challenge has on lives across the United States,” said Mitch Davis, Executive Director of Companies With A Mission. “While the dollars awarded will have a huge impact on their charities, the relationships with these non-profits and the community spirit at work will be the greater and longer-lasting reward.”

For additional information on the 2013 Super Service Challenge and how to get involved, visit www.superservicechallenge.com or follow the #cChange movement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Football

NFL's Drew Brees Challenges Phoenix

Today marks the launch of the 4th Super Service Challenge, which is hosted by Companies With A Mission (CWAM) and The Brees Dream Foundation. These two organizations will come together to award over $1,000,000 amongst hundreds of charities nationwide as part of the 2013 Super Service Challenge.

The Super Service Challenge is an initiative orchestrated by CWAM to expose people across the country to a greater purpose and heart of service in the workplace.  Whether it’s someone working in a corporate office suite, a stay-at-home parent, or even a full-time student, participation is open to all who want to serve with a group from their workplace.

In past two years, the focus of the Super Service Challenge has been concentrated in the city where the NFL’s Championship game was to be held.  This year, the Super Service Challenge will expand to a national effort, with the message and mission spreading across America.

“Phoenix, I’m challenging you to beat the other Big Game cities – Indianapolis, New York and New Orleans — in the 2013 Super Service Challenge,” says Brees, founder of The Brees Dream Foundation. “The purpose of the Super Service Challenge is to inspire a greater sense of community through volunteerism. All you have to do is serve a charity in Arizona and capture it on video. Are you up for the challenge Phoenix?”

Those interested in participating simply need to serve a non-profit (501c3) with a group of people and share the story about how they served. That story can be shared as a short video, PowerPoint presentation, or even a series of photographs.

Drew Brees, founder of The Brees Dream Foundation and quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, is returning for the second year as the official spokesperson for the Super Service Challenge. “I’m honored to be part of the Super Service Challenge and excited to change the lives for thousands across the country,” said Brees, “What strikes me the most about the Super Service Challenge is the simplicity and magnitude of the mission. Uniting co-workers, students and friends to benefit the community is one of the most rewarding aspects of the mission.”

A panel of independent and celebrity judges, along with input from the public, will select the winning entries. Once the judging is complete, winners will be awarded part of cash donations totaling over $1,000,000 to be given directly to the charities served by those winning teams. The winners will be announced in January of 2014, just before the big game.

“We have had the privilege to see firsthand the impact the Super Service Challenge has on lives across the United States,” said Mitch Davis, Executive Director of Companies With A Mission. “While the dollars awarded will have a huge impact on their charities, the relationships with these non-profits and the community spirit at work will be the greater and longer-lasting reward.”

For additional information on the 2013 Super Service Challenge and how to get involved, visit www.superservicechallenge.com or follow the #cChange movement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Former NFL Player Opening Luxury Spa in Chandler

David Barrett, a former Arizona Cardinals cornerback, is opening a boutique-style luxury salon and spa in Chandler. In his NFL career, Barrett played for the Arizona Cardinals and then later traded to the New York Jets. After retiring from professional football, Barrett has embarked on a new mission: to create a beautiful upscale salon and day spa near the Cardinals’ training facility.

“It has been my dream to open a day spa, salon and ink studio ever since I left the NFL, “ owner David Barrett said. “With the opening of D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink we will bring a new offering to the area that fills the luxury salon and spa niche in the East Valley,” he said.

D’Antonio’s caters to the East Valley’s high-end clientele with a new salon, spa, and ink studio. The sleek interior is finished with dramatic designer fixtures and features a canary and pewter color scheme throughout. This lavish day spa is accessorized with eye-catching artwork, dramatic decor and glamorous chandeliers. D’Antonio’s is designed to balance masculine and feminine energy with a design that appeals to both men and women.

D’Antonio’s Day Spa offers clients a combination of services ranging from professional hair stylists, barbers, nail technicians, licensed estheticians, and a body art/tattoo artist. D’Antonio’s offers women’s haircuts, color, and extensions as well as a range of men’s hair design options. A full service nail salon is also available as well as facials, peels, waxing and massages. Part of D’Antonio’s signature services includes scalp massage therapy using luxurious hair oils blended with aromatic herbs and florals custom blended for the salon.

D’Antonio’s also offers a high-end tattoo studio, the first of its kind in Arizona. This luxury, appointment-only atelier is ideal for elite clientele who want their ink done by top artistic talent in chic and private surroundings. With body art becoming increasingly popular, an upscale art gallery-type studio is becoming ever more prevalent and desirable.

Located just minutes from the Arizona Cardinals’ training facility, D’Antonio’s is geared towards serving East Valley residents with a high-end day spa and salon experience. D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink sets a new standard in the luxury salon and spa market. D’Antonio’s is scheduled to open in early August.

To learn more about D’Antonio’s Day Spa or to make an appointment visit their website: www.d-antoniosdayspa.com or call 480-878-4860 to schedule an appointment.

D’Antonio’s Signature Day Spa & Ink

2040 S. Alma School Rd. Suite #22

Chandler, Arizona 85286

(480) 878-4860

Jay Parry

Jay Parry – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Jay Parry – President and CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Parry oversees all aspects of planning and executing the 2015 Super Bowl, working closely with the NFL and numerous constituents in Arizona. The Super Bowl Host Committee is responsible for achieving a $25 million fundraising goal and then executing Arizona’s plan to maximize the impact of hosting the Super Bowl.

Surprising fact: “I come from a family of birds, meaning, my two sisters’ names are Robin and Piper. I was surrounded by strong women ‘in the nest’ from an early age.”

Biggest challenge: “Succeeding in male-dominated industries and professional sports has its challenges. I wear higher heels and what that really means is be yourself and true to your leadership philosophies no matter what the circumstances are.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Marketing action plan

Enterprise Offers Free Course for Business Leaders

Enterprise University, an educational program offered by Enterprise Bank & Trust, will continue its Spring 2013 courses with an April 24 class on “Creating a Marketing Strategy to Build Brands and Drive Results.” The morning workshop includes a continental breakfast and will focus on strategic, smart and innovative techniques that not only build brands but produce impressive results and generate a ROI.

This session will cover the best marketing practices online and offline for the following:
* Research and brand positioning
* Creative services
* Media planning/buying
* Web design and interactive marketing
* Public relations and special events

The instructors are David Nobs, Director of Business Development and Ben Smith, Director of Account Development at The Lavidge Company, a Phoenix-based advertising, public relationsand interactive marketing agency.

Enterprise University provides free educational seminars on a variety of relevant topics for business owners and their leadership taught by experts in a variety of fields including advertising, marketing, business continuity, financial planning and more.

WHAT: Course for business leaders on “Creating a Marketing Strategy to Build Brands and Drive Results”

WHERE: Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St. Phoenix, Ariz. 85014

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

COST: Free to business owners and leaders. Registration is required.

RSVP: Visit www.enterprisebank.com/eu to register

David Nobs has more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. He’s directed high-profile campaigns for clients ranging from Bank of America and Microsoft to NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, LPGA and PGA of America.

Ben Smith has been on the leading edge of Arizona business and technology since 1985. Ben developed his expertise in project, design and long-range planning during his work in the public and private sectors, including serving as Director of Operations for a multi-million-dollar consulting firm where he managed engineering, programming and R&D teams nationwide.

Enterprise University will continue through May, with courses during the month of April focusing on marketing strategy and sales management.

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W. P. Carey’s Online MBA Program Ranks No.2 in Nation

For the first time ever, U.S. News & World Report is issuing complete numeric rankings of the country’s best online graduate business programs. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University comes in an impressive No. 2 on the list.

“We’re extremely happy to see U.S. News confirm we have one of the world’s best online MBA programs,” says Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Increasingly, students are looking for the flexibility of an online program, but they don’t want to sacrifice the high quality of a top university. The W. P. Carey School was one of the first highly respected schools to get into the online arena – more than a decade ago — and we offer the same stellar faculty and degree in our online program as we offer in all of our other highly ranked MBA programs.”

In addition to the new online-MBA ranking, U.S. News & World Report already currently ranks the W. P. Carey School’s undergraduate business, full-time MBA and evening MBA programs among the nation’s Top 30 in their respective categories.

As far as online programs, last year, U.S. News & World Report only issued an “Honor Roll” of 14 graduate business choices and some rankings on subcategories, but the publication stopped short of giving a full, overall rankings list of the top programs. The W. P. Carey School did make the “Honor Roll,” but this year’s clear-cut No. 2 is more definitive. The new rankings are based on important criteria: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, and faculty credentials and training.

“This means U.S. News & World Report looked at our accomplished students, renowned faculty, small class sizes, diverse online-learning technologies, prestigious accreditation, and reputation among peer schools, and they placed us among the two best online MBA programs in the entire United States,” explains Stacey Whitecotton, associate dean for W. P. Carey MBA programs.

Students serving in the military, starting their own businesses and traveling extensively for their jobs are among those who have chosen the W. P. Carey School’s online MBA program. For example, NFL Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff completed the program, even while attending NFL training camp. Lieutenant Colonel Scott Coulson, who was awarded the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Badge for his service and actions while leading combat missions in Iraq, participated in the program while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

This past summer, QS, a Britain-based company that helps students select MBA programs, ranked the W. P. Carey School’s online MBA program among the Top 15 in the world. QS says there are at least 300 online MBA programs right now and that attention has boomed, going from just 4.4 percent of MBA students interested in 2008 to 15.6 percent interested in 2012.

The W. P. Carey School’s popular two-year online MBA program allows students to meet at a face-to-face orientation just once at the ASU campus, then complete the rest of the courses completely online. Students work in small, personalized teams with peers from other industries, focusing on one course at a time. This is also one of the few online MBA programs in which students can earn their degrees with an area of emphasis, such as finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management. Participants have a dedicated financial aid specialist and a career center to help them with job searches. For more information, go to www.wpcarey.asu.edu.

The W. P. Carey School also offers other online graduate business programs: a weekend/online hybrid MBA, a 16-month online Master of Science in Information Management, and a newly announced 21-month Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and Engineering.

Football

Cardinals name Keim GM

The Arizona Cardinals have chosen to stay in-house with the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager as the search for a new head coach goes on.

The 40-year-old Keim has worked for the franchise for 14 years. He joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout, became director of college scouting in 2006 and director of player personnel in 2008 before being named vice president for player personnel last year.

At a news conference on Tuesday, the hulking Keim, with his trademark shaved head, said he is driven by two specific memories of his time with Arizona.

“One is obviously the day that I stood on the field in 2008 when we won the NFC championship and all that confetti was sticking to my sweaty head. That thought drives me,” he said. “The other thought that drives me is when I was sitting at our game against Seattle this year and we lost 58-0 and making a pact with myself that that will never happen again.”

Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said the fact that other teams were interested in Keim shows his value.

Bidwill said he felt he owed it to the organization to conduct other interviews even though his “initial impression was that Steve was going to be a natural fit.”

Jay Parry Headshot

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Hires CEO

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee today announced the appointment of Jay L. Parry to head the organization as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Parry will oversee the Host Committee and will work closely with the NFL to deliver a successful Super Bowl XLIX to the State of Arizona, including driving marketing efforts, developing and implementing NFL and Host Committee programs, spearheading sponsorships, fundraising and community relations, and managing financials.

Super Bowl XLIX will be the third Super Bowl played in Arizona, and the second played at University of Phoenix Stadium. Super Bowl XLII in 2008 had an economic impact of $500 million, according to a study conducted by the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.

Parry brings a sports and business acumen uniquely suited to lead the Host Committee’s efforts for Super Bowl XLIX. Most recently, she was senior vice president of Brand and Business Development for the Phoenix Suns. Parry also spent seven seasons as president and chief operating officer of the Phoenix Mercury. During her tenure, the Mercury won two WNBA championships and generated double-digit business growth in corporate partnerships and attendance. Prior to her career in professional sports, Parry was an executive in a variety of roles with Bank of America, most recently as executive vice president in the Central Region. She served on the MVP Host Committee when Arizona hosted Super Bowl XXX in 1996. Currently, Parry serves as a director on the boards of several local organizations, including Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE,) BMO Harris Bank Arizona Advisory Board and Thunderbirds Charities. See www.AZSuperBowl.com for Parry’s full biography.

Parry was named a Most Admired CEO by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2010 and in 2008, was selected one of the Arizona Woman magazine’s “20 Women Who Will Shape Arizona by 2020.”

Parry will report to David Rousseau, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Chairman and president of Salt River Project.

“Jay’s appointment is an amazing coup for the Host Committee,” said Rousseau. “She is the ideal candidate for this role because of her deep experience in sports marketing, business and her strong ties to the community. Jay’s proven leadership skills make her well-suited to drive all facets of the organization from sponsorship and community activation and engagement, to the complex logistics involved in putting on the Super Bowl.”

“Arizona has so much to offer, and I’m honored and excited to be a part of demonstrating this to the world through the Super Bowl,” said Jay Parry, CEO, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. “Sports and business are not only my expertise, but my passion. Super Bowl is an exciting opportunity for Arizona that will leave a lasting legacy for our entire community.”

The successful 2015 game bid was prepared by the Host Committee, led by Michael Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Kennedy, former chairman of the Host Committee, and Winnie Stolper. Stolper has worked with the Host Committee since 2006 and will take on the role of Chief Administrative Officer reporting to Parry.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will bring together influential business leaders, senior government representatives, Convention and Visitors Bureau personnel, and thousands of volunteers to insure Super Bowl XLIX is a success, and results in positive economic impact under a global spotlight that enhances community pride.

Travis Brown

Travis Brown: From The NFL To The CCV

When former NFL quarterback Travis Brown sustained shoulder and elbow injuries early in his 2005 season, he fully expected to return to the game after a standard period of convalescence.

“When I was done playing, I didn’t know I was done playing,” Brown says.

His injuries, and the resulting surgeries, would mark the end of his NFL career, but the start of a whole new life.

Phoenix, Flagstaff, faith and pro football

Born and raised in Phoenix, Brown attended church services with his family every Sunday, but it wasn’t a priority.

“Church was something you checked off the list,” he says.

Throughout high school and college, church was pushed even further down that list, with football taking a front seat during his time at Northern Arizona University. Brown would go on to set career records and earn All-America honors as a quarterback at NAU.

After college, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles but was cut from the team in training camp. He later signed with the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he would spend his rookie campaign during the 2000 season.

It was during his time in Seattle that he found his way back to a relationship with God. He was inspired by his teammates who he saw living their faith in their daily lives.

“This amazing group of guys – whatever they had, I didn’t have it,” Brown recalls.

In the fall of 2000, Brown and then-new wife, Cory, each made a personal commitment to Christ. This re-found faith grew and strengthened over the next five years as they moved around the country each time Brown was traded to another team.

Two shoulder surgeries, an elbow surgery, a knee surgery and two concussions later, Brown’s pro-football career was cut short in 2005 while playing for the Indianapolis Colts. Dreams of Super Bowl stardom would remain dreams as Brown retired from the NFL and returned to Arizona.

Home again, home again

With three kids now in tow, the Browns moved back to Flagstaff in 2007. Brown returned to his old stomping ground to work for the NAU Athletic Department and pursue an MBA.

When they learned they were expecting once again – twins, this time – the Browns packed up and headed south to be closer to family. On August 1, 2008 identical twin boys Justin and Wyatt were born – three months preterm.

At 1 pound 11 ounces and 2 pounds 2 ounces, Wyatt and Justin were dangerously premature. The months that followed were dramatic for the Brown family, to say the least.

With two newborns fighting for their lives in the hospital, and three more children at home, Brown started feeling the pressure of his hectic schedule. Between running a quarterback school for NFL hopefuls, to his duties as offensive coordinator for Peoria Sunrise Mountain High School’s football team, responsibility was mounting. It was time for Brown to prioritize.

“I just couldn’t do it,” he says. “I realized, ‘right now might not be the best time to be doing so much.’”

After just a few months at Sunrise Mountain, Brown left his coaching position behind. Justin and Wyatt were discharged from St. Joseph’s hospital on October 14, 2008. With their fourth birthday approaching the boys are happy and healthy. Brown says, as parents, he and Cory feel truly blessed.

“There were not nearly as many complications as there could have been,” Brown says.
With two girls and three boys, all 10 years old or younger, life in the Brown house can be chaotic.

“We’ve literally been in diapers for 10 years,” Brown chuckles.

Joining a new team

The following spring, Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) approached Brown to oversee its youth football program. Brown was attending a nearby church at the time but had a special place in his heart for CCV.

“I grew up going to CCV,” Brown says. “I was at the first service in a movie theatre at Metrocenter mall.”

CCV campusThirty years later, CCV has grown in size, both physically and in number of attendees. It currently operates a 100-acre campus in Peoria, and an additional campus in Surprise. More than 18,000 members attend 10 services every weekend.

In the years that followed, Brown became more involved in ministry at CCV, taking on additional leadership roles. When CCV opens its newest location in Scottsdale this August, Brown will lead the way as Scottsdale Campus Pastor.

“This is another opportunity for us,” he says.

The new campus will serve the 2,500 CCV members who currently commute from Scottsdale.

“If people have to drive 20 or 30 minutes to get to church, they’re less likely to get involved,” Brown says. “[With the new location], it will be easier to make an impact in the community.

“Statistics show that 87 percent of people in the Valley don’t go to church at all. Our goal is to reach as many people as we can.”

When asked about his hopes and goals for the future, Brown says that, through all the experiences that brought him here, he has learned to not put limits on God and to trust that He has a plan.

“God has used all that,” Brown says. “My NFL experience has given me platforms and opened doors that otherwise would have been unavailable.”

While he did not envision himself in this role when he started with CCV three years ago, Brown says he feels very grateful to be a part of the church and to be making a difference in people’s lives.

For more information about Christ’s Church of the Valley or how you can get involved with CCV as Travis Brown did, visit ccvonline.com/scottsdale.

Christ’s Church of the Valley
7007 W. Happy Valley Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85383
(623) 376-2444
ccvonline.com/scottsdale

University of Phoenix, Glendale, 2015 Super Bowl

Arizona Lands 2015 Super Bowl

The third time is the charm as the NFL today awarded the 2015 Super Bowl to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

NFL owners meeting in Houston picked the Valley of the Sun over Tampa, Fla., for the 2015 game, Arizona previously hosted the Super Bowl in 1996 (at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe) and in 2008 (at UOP Stadium).

The Super Bowl is expected to add a much-needed boost to the state’s sagging economy. In 2008, fans spent an estimated $500 million when the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14.

According to the Associated Press, Phoenix beat the Tampa area in the bidding on the second ballot. Tampa has hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009. The 2012 Super Bowl is in Indianapolis. The next two after that will be in New Orleans and the New York/New Jersey area.

In a statement released today, the City of Glendale expressed pride in being the host city, calling the game, “ an economic engine that benefits our entire state. This decision is a positive reinforcement on the entire region, highlighting our ability to put Arizona on a stage for the world to see.

“Glendale’s opportunity to host a Super Bowl honors the continued commitment to Arizona voters to use the state-of-the-art University of Phoenix stadium and the amenities and infrastructure that were built around the stadium in Glendale to attract hundreds of thousands of people while also pumping money into the local economy. “

It will be Super Bowl XLIX – the 49th title game.

Video: Super Bowl heads back to the desert

Read more about the 2015 Super Bowl news from the Associated Press.