Soccer team provides safe outlet for African refugees in the Valley

PHOENIX — The Maricopa Mulenge Football Club started out as a few guys playing soccer together in a local park and now, this team has become a safe outlet for part of the African refugee community here in the Valley.

Soccer field

Reflections of Tillman accompany unveiling of bronze statue

TEMPE — “Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It lead us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.” -- Pat Tillman.

International signees could help accelerate rebuilding process of ASU men’s tennis

TEMPE — Following an eight-year period without a men’s tennis team, Arizona State is back with a highly regarded collection of international players.

Arizona cuts to college student support still among steepest in nation

WASHINGTON - State support for students at Arizona's three public universities has fallen by 53.8 percent since 2008, more than three times the national decline over the same period, according to a new report.

Gender equity program brings women of color into STEM fields

PHOENIX – For years, white males have made up the majority of the STEM field.


Academies over club soccer? Casa Grande program leads the charge

PHOENIX - As Major League Soccer made developing local talent for its teams a priority in recent years, the Grande Sports Academy was an early player in the trend of the sport’s elite moving away from U.S. club and high school programs in favor of attending academies.

Arizona group wants $57 million Volkswagen settlement to go toward electric school buses

PHOENIX – A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses.

cardboard school bus

International students find assistance adjusting to life at U.S. universities

TEMPE – More than a million international students attend American colleges and universities, but often struggle with homesickness, learning the nuances of the English language and making friends outside of people from their home country.

Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

HOLBROOK – Devin Etsitty, 17, remembers a time when he didn’t like science, technology, engineering or math, but teachers at Holbrook High School were determined to change his mind. They appointed him to lead a new program to promote STEM education.


Majority of state’s Native Americans now speak only English at home

WASHINGTON - Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Arizona colleges strive to increase state’s graduation rate

PHOENIX – Arizona universities are working to drive up Arizona college graduation rates, smoothing the way for students transferring from community college, offering financial aid and adding online classes to draw non-traditional students.

Valley sports hazing incidents put spotlight on coaches and culture

PHOENIX - Twice in the past year, high-profile hazing incidents have hit Valley high schools, requiring coaches and administrators to examine the culture and monitoring of their teams, according to interviews with coaches and experts.