Glendale Becoming Center Of The Sports Universe

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Wow, Tempe will soon lose both the Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl to Glendale. America West Arena can only watch as the high school state basketball championships move to Glendale. High school state wrestling has abandoned Veterans Memorial Coliseum in favor of Glendale Arena.

West Valley promoters must be doing something right -- hosting the state games could dramatically boost Glendale sales taxes.

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association is in the process of moving state basketball and wrestling tournaments to the Glendale Arena.

The state tournaments' shift to Glendale also could be a boon for the Arizona Interscholastic Association. It could cut down on tournament costs; having the games in one location could make it easier to attract fans and big name sponsors.

Probably the greatest number of fans will come from the reservation schools in northern Arizona. Because the northland is a hotbed of basketball. Thousands of Navajo and Hopi fans flock each year to the state tournament to support their schools.

Give it up

With the passage of the Credit for Kids program in 1997, Arizona households may deduct, as a tax credit, fees paid to schools for extracurricular activities.

Because the donations are a dollar-for-dollar credit, there is no cost to the taxpayer.

Individual taxpayers may contribute up to $200. Joint taxpayers can designated up to $250 for the program.

In contributing to the program, taxpayers can designate which school or which project they would like their money to be used for.

The full amount does not have to be donated -- any amount is welcome.

Contributors do not have to have children enrolled in district schools and do not need to live inside the district they are donating too.

To find out more about the program, call (928) 474-2070.

Coaches needed

Although player registration for the third- and fourth-grade basketball league wrapped up Dec. 15, Town of Payson Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt continues to scour the community in search of volunteer youth coaches for the teams.

Duties include coaching youth teams during Saturday games and also during weekday practice sessions as scheduled by the coach. Anyone interested should visit the parks and recreation offices at Green Valley Park to fill out a form.

League play begins Jan. 8. For more information, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 268.

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