Phoenix: Super Bowl

NFL Players Association Super Bowl Events

National Education Association – Read Across America

NFL players will provide reading inspiration to students at Excelencia and Maxine O. Bush Elementary Schools in Phoenix to kick off Read Across America, the NEA’s year-round literacy campaign.  On Wednesday, January 30th, NFL players will participate in Read-ins and other school activities and challenges to rev up reading enjoyment and imagination.

The event will take place at Excelencia Elementary School from 10:00 to 11:00am and will continue at Maxine O. Bush Elementary School from 1:00 to 2:00pm.  For more information, please contact Willis Whalen or Christie Gagnon at 800.372.2000.

Super Briefing with the Superintendent

NFLPA President Troy Vincent will join a panel of current and retired players along with Arizona education officials in a roundtable discussion on the importance of  life-long learning and the role education has played in their success on and off the field.  The event will take place at the Sky Song Center at Arizona State University on Thursday, January 31st from 10:00 to 11:30am. 

The panel discussion can be seen on a webcast streamed live by COX Communications to elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state of Arizona.  For more information, please contact Willis Whalen or Christie Gagnon at 800.372.2000.

READesign Library Makeover

The library at Maie Bartlett Heard Elementary School in Maricopa County will get a new look thanks to the NFL Players Association and The Heart of America’s READesign Library Makeover Program.  Active and retired players will be on hand to read to the kids – in English and Spanish - as well as participate in the renovation, which includes a donation of 5,000 brand new books, new shelving and furniture, a commemorative mural, and some of the latest technology.

Every book donated will contain a bookplate featuring the name of an active NFL player. The READesign will take place on Friday, February 1st from 2:00 to 6:00pm.   For more information, please contact Willis Whalen or Christie Gagnon at 800.372.2000.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

For the first time in its nine year history, the NFL sanctioned Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) will present the first ever NFL Players All-Star Choir, featuring some of the most musically talented NFL players in the nation.  The 32-member choir will perform during the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration weekend concert at Symphony Hall in Phoenix on Friday, February 1st from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

Some of the biggest names in the gospel and R&B music industry will join the players for this phenomenal event, produced by NFL PLAYERS and Results Inc., which brings star-studded, family-oriented entertainment to thousands of fans attending the Super Bowl each year. For more information, please contact Melanie Few at (770) 980-4925 or visit

Smocks & Jocks Jazz Brunch and Art Auction

Works of art created by current and retired NFL players will be auctioned off during the Smocks & Jocks Jazz Brunch on Saturday, February 2nd from 10:30am to 1:30pm at SKYE Restaurant in Peoria, Ariz.  The artistic abilities of several NFL players will be highlighted in this special event that brings attention to the arts and the sport of football. Ticket proceeds benefit the Players Assistance Trust Fund and the Arizona Art Alliance.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 800-372-2000 ext. 168 or email [email protected].

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