Featured | 08/04/2022

Matadors partner with Chapman Automotive Group

YUMA, Ariz. – Arizona Western College and the Matador Athletic Association announce a three-year partnership with Chapman Automotive Group.

The Matador Athletic Association and Chapman have agreed to a partnership benefitting athletic programs at Arizona Western College. Through this partnership, Chapman will contribute $80,000 a year to the Matadors.

“We are excited to partner with Chapman Automotive Group,” said Arizona Western Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “Chapman, just like Arizona Western College, has a tremendous footprint in the community of Yuma and we look forward to working with them.”

Arizona Western College will upgrade its facilities with Chapman’s help.  Major upgrades include a new windscreen around the Matadors soccer field and a new scorer’s table for “The House Gymnasium.” Chapman’s contribution will fund kids camps, warm-up shirts, and in-season tournaments done by the Matador Athletic Association. 

“We are pleased and excited to enter into this partnership with the Matador Athletic Association,” said General Manager Rob Keppeler of Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Yuma. “So many members of our community have enriched their lives through continuing education at AWC. Not only are we proud of AWC’s commitment to excellence in both athletics and academics, Matador games are a blast!”

Chapman has had a presence in the state of Arizona since 1966. Chapman is committed to the local community through its Chapman Cares program, which strives to make a difference in the communities they work and live in. “Our hope with partnering with Arizona Western College is to bond our Community with a source of social connection, promote engagement and a sense of belonging,” said General Manager Patti Jacobson of Chapman Chevrolet Buick GMC Yuma.

The Arizona Western College athletic department is coming off a banner 2021-22 school year, seeing four teams win Region I titles and two teams qualifying for the national tournament while posting a department record 3.26-grade point average.

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