GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dozens of inspiring young athletes showcased their competitive skills and zeal for life alongside cheering U-Haul volunteers at the third annual Guardian Games on April 12 at Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District.
U-Haul serves as title sponsor of the event benefiting Special Olympics Arizona. Longtime U-Haul partner Sanderson Ford, founder of the Guardian Games, directs the series of contests for athletes with special needs.
Fun Times for a Good Cause
Law enforcement officials and volunteers from Valley organizations, including Phoenix-based U-Haul, joined various teams. Each team featured a Special Olympics athlete.
A handful of new competitions also made their debut as part of the latest edition of the Guardian Games. These included a soccer kick challenge sponsored by the Phoenix Rising; as well as a timed obstacle course involving a high-step run, tunnel crawl, bean-bag toss, and sprint to the finish.
Whether it was throwing footballs through circles on an Arizona Cardinals-imaged tarp, or shooting layups on Phoenix Suns basketball goals, there was plenty to test the athletes and bring smiles to their faces.
Thankful to be Title Sponsor
Finally, Russ Baldwin, U-Haul Company of Western Arizona president, spoke at the opening ceremonies on behalf of the U-Haul volunteers. Baldwin noted his appreciation for the athletes, police officers and the chance to participate in such an important community event.