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SpoFit Launches StandUp Amputee Basketball League

Amputees looking to play standup basketball games now have the chance with the launching of the StandUp Amputee Basketball League at the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit), a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL). SpoFit is located at 5031 E. Washington, St. at the Disability Empowerment Center.

The league is sponsored by Touchstone Rehabilitation with support from the D Banks Foundation.  Founder David Banks, an above-the-knee amputee of 15 years, developed the organization to “empower amputees and to provide aid in obtaining quality prosthetics to those in financial need.”

Games will be played Wednesdays beginning Oct. 15 from 6:30-9 p.m.  Basketball is free for SpoFit members.  Adult non-members will be sponsored on alternating weeks by Touchstone Rehabilitation and D Banks Foundation. Non-amputees also are welcome to participate.

SpoFit Vice President and General Manager Gus LaZear said the goal of StandUp Amputee Basketball League organizers “is to have enough players to develop a competitive league of individuals who want not only to play ball but to give back to the community and empower others to live without limits.”

“It’s not just about empowering those with disabilities but also about empowering people in general to realize that anything can be achieved with determination and will,” Banks added.

To enroll or for more information, contact LaZear at gusl@abil.org or Banks at david@dbanksfoundation.org or visit www.spofit.org.

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Thunderbirds Donate $25,000 to SpoFit

More children and youth with disabilities can now experience and participate in team sports like basketball and power soccer thanks to a $25,000 donation from Thunderbirds Charities that was used to buy ten specialty sports wheelchairs for the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit).

“For children with spina bifida, a spinal cord injury or other disabilities, this incredibly generous donation opens up tremendous opportunities to explore new sports, learn new skills and simply have fun,” said Phil Pangrazio, President & CEO of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL) which operates and manages SpoFit, one of only two facilities of its kind in the nation. “Instead of watching from the sidelines or on TV, they can be on the court and part of the action.”

Thunderbirds Charities association with SpoFit, a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), began before the building was built in 2011 with a $100,000 contribution toward the capital campaign. The organization followed with a $25,000 grant during SpoFit’s first year of operation to provide adaptive fitness and recreation programs and specialized classes.

“We are excited to be able to provide opportunities for more kids to come out and engage in more sports activities,” said Tom King, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re extremely proud of our relationship with SpoFit and the value and benefits this venue and ABIL bring to the community.”

SpoFit holds monthly clinics for youth wheelchair basketball and power soccer. The clinics, sponsored by SpoFit and MaxinMotion, are scheduled August 16, October 18 and December 13 for power soccer and September 20 and November 22 for wheelchair basketball. Clinics begin with 9 a.m. check-in and include lunch.

For more information, visit www.spofit.org.

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2012 RED Awards: Winners & Honorable Mentions

Kitchell, DAVIS and Banner Health captured top honors Thursday night as Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine held the 7th Annual, 2012 RED Awards (Real Estate and Development) to recognize the biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions of 2011.

The event drew more than 400 CRE professionals to the Arizona Biltmore as winners and honorable mentions were selected from a record 116 nominations received in 12 project categories and individual and team broker categories.

Kitchell was named General Contractor of the Year; DAVIS was Architect of the Year; and Banner Health won Developer of the Year.

2012 RED Awards category winners:

Best Education Project: Grand Canyon University Arena; Best Hospitality Project: Westin Downtown Phoenix; Best Industrial Project: Dunn-Edwards Phoenix; Best Healthcare Project: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; Best Multi-Family Project: Devine Legacy on Central; Best Office Project: Fountainhead Office Plaza; Best Public Project: Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities; Best Redevelopment Project: Adelante Healthcare Surprise; Best Retail Project: iPic Theater/Tanzy/Salt; Most Challenging Project: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; Most Sustainable Project: DPR Construction Phoenix Headquarters; and Best Tenant Improvement Project: Limelight Networks.

Merit Award winners were OASIS Hospital (Healthcare) and P.L. Julian Elementary School (Education).

Broker of the Year honors went to Jay Hoselton, Cushman & Wakefield, Individual Leasing; Ken Elmer, Commercial Properties Inc., Individual Sales; Bo Mills and Mark Detmer, Cushman & Wakefield, Team Leasing; and Tyler Anderson and Sean Cunningham, CBRE, Team Sales.

2012 RED Awards honorable mentions:

Education: NAU Health & Learning Center; Healthcare: Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center; Hospitality: Casino Del Sol Hotel Convention Center and Parking Structure Expansion; Industrial: Crescent Crown Distribution; Most Challenging: Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodification; Multi-Family: Phoenix Towers Terrace; Office: UniSource Energy Corporate Office; Public: Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower; Redevelopment: The Q Building at Paradise Valley Community College; Retail: American Sports Complex-Retail Center; Most Sustainable: Phoenix Children’s Hospital; and Tenant Improvement: Gap Fulfillment Center.


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