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Advertising? The HeroZona Foundation, formerly the Checkered Flag Run Foundation, is a non-profit organization with a mission to "provide diverse educational programs that impact under-served students and veterans". Founded in 2011 by Alan "AP" Powell, the foundation promotes access to educational and enrichment opportunities through community programs, partnerships, and events.
- Develop and invest in education, specific to school readiness tools, and multiple career pathways to increase career aspirations that drive Arizona’s workforce.
- Raise awareness and increase student, and parent knowledge and involvement in diverse educational opportunities that have a positive and impact on educational attainment.
- Promote diverse learning experience for veterans and students that support necessary 21st-century skills.
The organization's programs include:
- The Bridge Forum, a panel of "law enforcement and community luminaries" that seek solutions and best practices for law enforcement professionals;
- Phoenix Tools 4 School, a school supply drive for students in need;
- Veteran's Reach to Teach, a program designed to hire veterans and family members of veterans with a bachelor's degree to be guest substitute teachers within Arizona;
- Veteran's Reach to Teach Christmas in May, a toy drive; and
- Voting for Veterans, an engagement and get out the vote program to elect veterans and support issues important to the veteran community.
Partnerships and Events
The organization's partnerships and events include:
- Celebrate Arizona, involvement in a state commissioned festival commemorating Arizona;
- My Brother's Keeper, supporter of an initiative launched by President Barack Obama to address opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color; and
- HeroZona National Veteran Summit, a three-day networking event for veterans in Phoenix, Arizona. The event programming focuses on entrepreneurship, employment, and education.
Awards and Accolades
- Best Annual Charity Event: Phoenix Tools 4 School by HeroZona Foundation 
- Cannon, Kristine (November 13, 2018). "HeroPreneur program helps veterans build a future". Gilbert Sun News. http://gilbertsunnews.com/heropreneur-program-helps-veterans-build-a-future/. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Brown, Stacy M. (November 13, 2017). "Alan "AP" Powell, Checkered Flag Run Foundation to Host Community Policing Forum in Phoenix". https://www.blackpressusa.com/alan-ap-powell-checkered-flag-run-foundation-to-host-community-policing-forum-in-phoenix/. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Board of Directors: Alan "AP" Powell". https://www.herozona.org/board-of-directors/alan-ap-powell/. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Goode, Jo-Carolyn (March 22, 2016). "Checkered Flag Run Foundation & Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce Champions Youth by Gifting World Class Sporting Event Experiences and More". http://stylemagazine.com/news/2016/mar/22/checkered-flag-run-foundation-arizona-black-chambe/. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Phoenix Tools 4 School". http://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/meeting/2016/07/30/phoenix-tools-4-school-event-2016-07-30-0.
- "My Brother's Keeper Phoenix". pp. 25–26. https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagersite/documents/mybrotherskeeperreport.pdf. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Van Kammen, Karrah (December 20, 2018). "The Best In Arts & Entertainment: 2019". https://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/bestof/entertainment/the-best-in-arts-entertainment-2019. Retrieved December 20, 2018.