300 Glendale kids get new shoes from Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was a big surprise for 300 kids at Bicentennial North Elementary School in Glendale Tuesday morning. They all got a new pair of shoes, along with a new Arizona State University shirt, a new sweatshirt and some hygiene goodies.

Carrissa Navarro didn't have any idea this was happening on Tuesday and spent a lot of her time hanging out with Spike, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee mascot.

"It's really about giving them a connection to the Super Bowl, being a part of the Super Bowl," said Jay Parry with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. "It comes around so infrequently that we want to create a memory for them that hopefully will lift them up in their aspirations as kids."

The committee also gave $50,000 to the Assistance League to help with Operation School Bell.

"The Assistance League is the nonprofit that we're working with, so they select the kids and the schools, so it's really based off need," Parry said.

The 300 kids are just the tip of the iceberg. Five thousand Valley kids total will all get the same items leading up to this year's Super Bowl.