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SNEAKY BIG Grants Wishes for Teachers On a Custom Virtual Set

SNEAKY BIG Staff / 10.2.2019

Recognizing how many teachers use personal funds to enhance their classrooms, the Fiesta Bowl organization developed its Wishes for Teachers program in 2016 to support local educators. Now in its 4th year, the Fiesta Bowl will be giving 200 Arizona teachers $5,000 each (a total of $1 million!) for classroom supplies and educational aids. The grants are used for everything from books and technology to PE equipment, field trips and teaching tools.

Educators from across the state can submit online applications and winners are chosen, by random drawing, during an NFL draft-style telethon. During Draft Day, held this year on October 29, local community heroes and celebrities will draw names and personally call each of the 200 teachers who will receive a grant.

The 2018 event was held in the Fiesta Bowl Museum and, in 2019, SNEAKY BIG is taking the Wishes for Teachers draft experience to the next level, ensuring it looks and feels as big and important as the cause. As one of the largest, most technologically advanced production facilities in the nation, SNEAKY BIG is uniquely equipped with the technology and skilled staff to manage professional-quality virtual reality graphics, production and broadcast services for the Wishes for Teachers event.

On October 29, SNEAKY BIG will live stream the telethon on the Fiesta Bowl website and offer footage to local news stations through a partnership with the Arizona Broadcasters Association. Utilizing Brainstorm InfinitySet technology, and the studio’s 4,000-square-foot sound stage, SNEAKY BIG has created an interactive virtual environment – similar to the type of set that would be seen on national sports networks – to elevate the look and feel of Draft Day and the grant announcements.

“Since launching Wishes for Teachers, we have seen the impact extra funding has made throughout Arizona classrooms,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “This program was created to show appreciation for and celebrate all that teachers do every day. We realize teachers dedicate their time, effort and personal funds to enhance their students’ lives, so our support helps teachers continue to shape our future leaders.”

The program is open to all K-12 public and charter school teachers in Arizona and past winners have come from all corners of the state. In the past three years, Wishes for Teachers has awarded $2.2 million in grants and impacted more than 110,000 students.

More information about Wishes for Teachers can be found at If you are interested in learning more about SNEAKY BIG’s capabilities or how the studio can elevate your next project, contact us today.

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