Post Date: July 21, 2014

Good Things Are Happening Here

Over the past few years, since joining the Arizona Cardinals, I have been fortunate enough to live in Phoenix.

As I settled in and got to work with the team, little by little I got to know my new city. I found some new favorite restaurants, I made new friends, and found a church community to belong to. But even though I called Phoenix home, I’ve since come to realize I hadn’t yet really seen Phoenix for what it is.

It wasn’t until I broke my leg and was sidelined from the game that I really began to explore this city. And you know what I discovered? I found out that good things are happening here.

With the help of my friends at EVB Live, I traversed just about every corner of the Valley as part of Sam in the City, discovering fascinating new places and meeting the people who make our city great. Whenever possible, I did what I could to be part of it.

I ate some crazy food and learned about wolves at the Arizona State Fair. I spent some time reading with kids at UMOM New Day Center. I got to know some remarkable kids with autism at St. Dominic Savio Academy in Tempe. I cooked food for breast cancer survivors at Sapporo in Scottsdale. And then there was the Phoenix Open golf tournament, the Barrett-Jackson auto auction, baseball spring training… and I could go on and on and on.

No doubt about it—good things are happening here. And that’s why I’m so excited about Flourish Phoenix. This is a storytelling project all about encouraging, inspiring, highlighting, and celebrating the people, organizations, and events that together make this city great.

I couldn’t be more excited to be in Phoenix—a city that is flourishing in many ways, but one that can flourish even more. Are you ready to celebrate the good things that are happening here and to be part of shaping our city’s future? I know I am. So as I’ve been known to say, Let’s Freakin’ Go!

Sam Acho

Sam Acho is a professional football player, humanitarian, and public speaker.

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