The Arizona Broadcasters Association is partnering with the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program in support of $1 Million in grants for 200 Arizona teachers.

All Arizona broadcasters are encouraged to join the “draft day” on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, and the general public is invited to support the teachers across social media and in their own circles as they watch and hear coverage of the grants awards across Arizona’ TV and radio stations.

WHAT: The Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program, powered by DriveTime will award 200 wishes to Arizona teachers that’ll be granted $5,000 each to fulfill their classroom wish. For the first time since Wishes for Teachers began in 2016, Draft Day will bring together local celebrities, community champions and the Fiesta Bowl Family to select wishes from the more than 2,500 applications received this year. After each selection, the wish granter will call the teacher in informing the teacher of the grant as part of this telethon-style event. This year, Fiesta Bowl Charities will donate $1 million total to 200 teachers across the state. Teachers are also invited to walk in the 2019 Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade and will be honored at halftime of the Cheez-It® Bowl.

• Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director
• Local Celebrities and Community Leaders Serving as Wish Granters
• Past Fiesta Bowl Charites Wishes for Teachers recipients
• Spirit, Fiesta Bowl Mascot

WHEN: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

WHY: Created in 2016, the Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers program grants classroom wishes to teachers across the state of Arizona. The Fiesta Bowl organization saw that many teachers spent their own money to enhance their classroom experience and developed a program to aid teachers in that effort. As a way to thank and honor Arizona educators, each fall, teachers are invited to fill out an online application detailing their school and classroom wish. Wishes are selected by a random drawing to receive a $5,000 grant. All wish recipients are invited to walk in the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade and be recognized on-field at the Cheez-It® Bowl. In its first two years, Wishes for Teachers granted over $2.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 100,000 kids across the state.


Scott Leightman,, 602.565.3147
Alex Nash,, 602.625.5733