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Published on : Jan 28, 2015

As a part of the NFL’s Super Bowl and Pro Bowl Greening Project initiation, volunteers from across the Valley of The City of Glendale, Verizon planted trees on Saturday Morning. 

The tree plantation process took place in the Sahuaro Ranch Historic Park and the event was marked as one of the largest projects in a series of projects directed by the Environmental Program Director of NFL - Jack Groh.  

The director said so far more than 170 trees have been planted in this region. However, the company plans to reach as far as a goal of 200 or more in this process.

Groh had a company of cheerleaders from the Pro Bowl and various other teams playing in the upcoming Super Bowl. He also had Councilman Bart Turner and Jerry Weiers - Glendale Mayor in this event. 

The tree plantation act is not just for the benefit of the company, but for the good of the next generation, added Weiers. Glendale was chosen by NFL as one of the five cities to receive a Super Bowl XLIX grant in forestry. The aim of the program was not only to plant trees but volunteers also helped pick fruit from the citrus trees to further donate it to the St. Mary’s Food Bank situated in Phoenix. 

The event took place on the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service. Some of the trees were replaced as they were 70 to 80 years old, said Turner. Turner worked when the Sahuaro Park was founded. He worked for the Parks and Recreations department. 

Verizon also joined the volunteers and helped them plant more than 137,000 trees in India, Arizona, and New Mexico. 

Moreover, the NFL has partnered with programs such as Keep Phoenix Beautiful that participates into the left over fabric and recycling of materials for gardening or creating shelters, said Groh. The program leaders had pledged that they would recycle all the materials, use less water and energy and eat ice cream with a cone to avoid the cup littering.