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Basha footballers tackle adversity, receive awards


Two Basha High School football players will be recog-


nized for their achievements both on and off the field Sat., March 3 at the National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun’s 31st annual scholar-athlete banquet at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. Seniors Garrett Kaiser and Drew Mahooty are two of 58


students who will be honored for their success in the class- room, on the football field and in their community. Kaiser will be awarded the Shaw Courage Award for his


exemplary return to football after a severe off-season back injury his freshman year. After being told he would never play football again, Kaiser spent a year in rehabilitation, only to return to the field his junior year. With 138 tackles this past season, he was named second-team all-region line- backer and is said to be one of the top five linebackers in Arizona Division I football. With a 3.3 grade point average, Kaiser plans to play foot-


ball for Northern State University of Aberdeen in South Dakota in the fall. He wants to major in secondary educa- tion and become a high school math teacher and football coach. Mahooty, Basha’s 2011 outstanding lineman, will receive


the first-ever Talking Stick Resort Award for Excellence. A member of New Mexico’s Zuni Tribe, Mahooty moved


to Chandler four years ago, excelling in football and main- taining a 3.2 GPA. He plans to play for Northern Arizona University in the fall and major in biology. He hopes to become a doctor.


Youth Baubles, beads to Basha To help special needs children who attend Basha High School, a senior student and her friends are


holding a Baubles & Beads arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., March 31 in the school’s front parking lot at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr. at Riggs Road in Chandler. Alyssa Burke, a National Honor Society member who says she is active in several clubs at BHS and is a stu-


dent facilitator, and her mother, Patty, are coordinating the fundraiser. The fair features more than 50 crafters from the area, showcasing handmade jewelry, soaps, candles, photography and more. The Baubles & Beads show is Alyssa’s senior project before she heads to the University of Arizona where she will study nursing. Crafters and artists who would like to support the fundraiser with a table rental can email cakes385@hotmail.com or call 480-812-5528.


Gilbert spring break camps registering now A host of spring break camps appealing to almost any interest is offered by the Town of Gilbert’s Parks


and Recreation Department this year. The camps, available to area youth ages 5 to 16, range in focus from golf, soccer and science to cook-


ing, knitting and even a dance and cheer glee club. Registration begins Mon., March 5 for nonresidents; Gilbert residents can register now. For more information or to check out the entire Gilbert spring recreation schedule online, visit www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/default.cfm. Register online at www.GilbertRecreation.com.


UTI students drive fundraising family event San Tan Sun area families are invited to the second annual Drive to Succeed fundraising event, hosted


by the UTI Foundation, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., March 31 at Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler. The event features SuperKart competitions between Valley companies, with Universal Technical


Institute students serving as race team crew chiefs. Families attending the event can also enjoy bounce houses, face painting, remote-control car racing and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the UTI Foundation, providing grants, scholarships and support to UTI stu-


dents pursuing technical training in automotive, diesel, marine and motorcycle service repair. Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate 3 in Chandler. For more information, visit www.utifoundation.net.


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