Murray donates to local organizations

Arizona Cardinals star quarterback Kyler Murray presented two checks of $10,000 on March 24. (Hunter PR/Submitted)

Kyler Murray spent his day on March 24 attending two separate charity events and making contributions to give back to the local community.

The Arizona Cardinals star quarterback teamed up with Kretschmar, Albertsons and Safeway to supply $10,000 each to the Arizona Educational Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley.

At the first event, with the Arizona Educational Foundation, Murray hosted a brief trivia event where winners received an autographed football. For them, the generous donation will go toward supporting the foundation’s mission of celebrating excellence and cultivating equity in pre-K to 12th grade education.

“The Arizona Educational Foundation is deeply grateful for this support and recognition from Kretschmar and Kyler Murray,” said Dr. Pam Roggeman, president of Arizona Educational Foundation Board of Directors. “Our nonprofit works tirelessly to ensure that Arizona public schools and their dedicated educators, administrators and staff get the needed recognition they deserve. These funds will help us ensure Arizona public education continues to shine.”

Shortly after the first event, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley hosted the second event, where Murray held a personal training session to demonstrate proper football techniques and skills. The donation will assist the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley to provide a safe, positive and fun environment for kids during their out-of-school time.

Marcia Mintz, president and CEO for Boys & Girls Club of the Valley, said one of the most important things that a world-famous athlete or business leader can do is spend time with young people and show them what’s possible.

“Having one of their heroes, Kyler Murray, spend time and engage with club members shows them how important they are and what’s possible if they work hard toward their goals,” Mintz said. “Our club members experienced memories for a lifetime from their afternoon with Kyler Murray, and he will shape members’ thinking about their place in the world.”

Amidst an offseason of uncertainty for the 24-year-old quarterback, Murray recognized that giving back to the community is important. Being able to contribute toward a cause like this is something he holds close to his heart.

“Being able to give back to a community that is close to my heart in a meaningful way is one of the greatest opportunities that football has provided me, and it gives me a deep sense of purpose to make a difference in someone’s life — especially with the next generation and the educators who are helping guide them,” Murray said.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Kretschmar, Safeway and Albertsons to support two very important organizations in my adopted hometown that provide our young community members with access to the resources they need to succeed and follow their dreams.”