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Posted: August 25, 2023

Superintendent’s Cup Brings People Together to Make a Difference

In his weekly message, Superintendent Scott Elder discuses the important work being done by the APS Education Foundation and how it's benefiting students.

Superintendent Scott Elder greets participants during the 2022-2023 Superintendent's Cup.

Superintendent Scott Elder greets participants during the 2022-2023 Superintendent's Cup.

Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy golf almost as much as fly fishing. But the Superintendent’s Cup, which is happening on Aug. 31, is near and dear to my heart for a different reason. I love SuperCup because it’s the community uniting to give our students opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.  

Companies, individual donors, golfers, and many others have been coming together to make SuperCup happen for as long as I can remember. It’s the APS Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, with the money generated going toward grants that boost STEM experiences in classrooms, help school clubs and organizations, boost literacy, and fund innovative practices that enhance student learning and engagement, among other efforts.

The grants serve as seed money to launch innovative programs and projects. Those projects help teachers engage students and help our kids reach their full potential. APS staff and students can apply for these competitive grants online from Sept. 1 until Oct. 6.

The foundation awards roughly $500,000 in grants every year.

I want to stress that these grant opportunities wouldn’t exist without the generosity of those like B&D Industries (think plumbing, heating & cooling, and electrical services), our presenting sponsor for the Superintendent’s Cup. Our community is blessed with benefactors who recognize the amazing work our foundation is doing and who partner with them year after year to help our students.

But you don’t have to have deep pockets to be a part of this. Anyone can donate $10 for a chance to win $1,500 in prizes, including gift cards, a disc grill, and golfing equipment as part of The Great Ball Drop. The donor is given a number that corresponds to a golf ball. The more you donate, the more balls you get. Online sales will end on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

During SuperCup, numbered golf balls are dropped from a cherry picker onto the greens. The owner of the first golf ball that makes it into the hole wins the grand prize. What a fun way to support our innovative educators and make a difference!

Then there’s golfing at the gorgeous Sandia Golf Club! The Superintendent’s Cup draws teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. It’s always a lot of fun, which is probably why there were only a handful of slots left to play as of this writing. I haven’t even gotten to the amazing entertainment that will be provided by our very talented APS students – a National Anthem performance by a member of the Eisenhower Middle School choir, cellists from Volcano Vista High School, the Eldorado High School band, and even a drumline from La Cueva High School! West Mesa High School JROTC members, Rio Grande High DECA members, and Atrisco Heritage Academy High School Mariachi Herencia members will also be volunteering during the tournament.

Putting on this event is a giant undertaking. Our foundation staff does a fantastic job every year, and they have my profound gratitude for all they do.