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Arizona Bowl helps bring in revenue for several Tucson area school districts

Posted at 8:26 AM, Dec 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-28 11:11:54-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - Several school districts throughout Tucson partnered with the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl to bring in revenue for their schools.

Tucson Unified, Pima County JTed, Amphitheater, Pima County Community Foundation, Salpointe, and Sahuarita school districts partnered with the bowl to sell tickets for the game.

Every district participating in the partnership was given a certain amount of tickets. All tickets are 25 dollars for the top deck of the stadium. For ever ticket sold, the districts get to keep 20 of the 25 dollars.

"Schools will get to keep nearly all of the revenue generated from their tickets sales and they actually have an added incentive to make sure that people actually go and sit in those seats. So we're excited, I know they are going to fill up that top deck for us," said Kym Adair, the Executive Director of Nova Home Loans.

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Nova Home Loans and the six districts started talking about the now partnership over the summer, bringing it to fruition not too long ago.

"We just had some really creative people internally that thought, hey how can we give more money back to charity, how can we give more back to our community and they thought, we need to get the school districts involved they need some of these dollars for their schools," said Adair.

The purpose of the partnership is to bring in as much money as possible to local school districts in order to help fund special projects throughout the year.

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It gives them a chance to take these dollars and and put them to special projects that they have not been able to fund in the recent past so they were all very excited, very on board with it," said Adair.

Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he's ecstatic about the partnership and the abundance of positive impacts it could bring to TUSD.

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"I think it restores my faith that public education has not been forsaken or forgotten that there are actually private companies out in the business that care, that care enough to come in and partner with the school district and provide us an opportunity to earn revenue for the future of this city which would be the children of the Tucson unified school district," said Trujillo.

Trujillo added he's already thinking of special ways the district can use the money that would benefit students.

"I want to direct the money at student activities. I would love to through the money at our extra curricular, athletic programs and fine arts progra. We have a lot of need with instruments, a lot of need with uniforms, with athletic equipment . I want to support the arts and I want to support athletics," Trujillo said.

This year, the the Arkansas State Red Wolves will face off against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Arizona Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday morning.