Northern Arizona University has entered a multiyear partnership agreement to become the Official Education Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.
As the education partner, NAU will team with the Suns and Mercury on community and education-based initiatives. A featured season-long promotion will be Educator of the Month, in which the Suns and NAU will recognize teachers in Greater Phoenix and northern Arizona who consistently go above and beyond to help students succeed.
“As Northern Arizona University grows to meet the state’s higher education needs, we welcome this excellent opportunity to bring our message to a wider audience,” said NAU President John Haeger. “By partnering with the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, we can more effectively promote our mission of giving more people access to a college degree. We appreciate the commitment of the Suns and Mercury to join us in this effort.”
A variety of NAU promotional signage has begun appearing at Suns home games. NAU will also serve as the presenting partner of the national anthem at all Suns home games, and will team with the Suns to host a military recognition night for Arizona service men and women during each season of the agreement.
In addition, Suns executives will periodically join NAU student classes as part of a new Guest Instructors program. With five alumni working in the Suns administration, NAU had already cultivated closer ties with the organization.
“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Northern Arizona University,” said Suns President Jason Rowley. “Like NAU, the Suns share a commitment to education and excellence, and we are excited to work together on various programs that focus on the development of Arizona’s youth.”
The Suns, just beginning a five-game road trip, host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at US Airways Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.