2014 Grand Marshal: Amy Van Dyken-Rouen
The Fiesta Bowl announced today that swimming legend Amy Van Dyken-Rouen will be the Grand Marshal of the 44th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade on December 27, 2014.
As Grand Marshal, Van Dyken-Rouen will lead this year's National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade and will serve as special guest at the 44th Annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.
Van Dyken-Rouen is one of the most decorated American swimmers of all time, becoming the first woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics in Atlanta 1996. She severed her spinal cord in a tragic ATV accident this summer. Since June, she has been focused on her recovery, keeping a positive attitude and promoting the mission of her charity, Amy's Army.
"To be named the Grand Marshal is absolutely astounding to me; I am so honored, so privileged," said Van Dyken-Rouen. "It is right around the time that we're going to be launching my new foundation, Amy's Army. I know that National Bank of Arizona and the Fiesta Bowl really do a lot for the community, so to be able to have the announcement of my own foundation along with them is extremely special."
The National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade Grand Marshal is an individual or group whose vision aligns with the Fiesta Bowl's commitment to community involvement and giving. Van Dyken-Rouen's achievements, determination and foundation make her the ideal person to lead the 2014 parade.
The former Olympian is the latest in a long line of celebrities and community partners who have served as Grand Marshal for the National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade. The outstanding list includes - American heroes John Glenn and Chuck Yeager, Hall of Famers Charles Barkley (NBA), Jerry Rice (NFL) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (MLB), Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi and Kerri Strug, NFL quarterback and humanitarian Kurt Warner and, most recently, the families of the 19 fallen Yarnell Hill Firefighters.
"We're a bank but we spend a lot of time talking not about building a portfolio, but about building a community," said Mark Vance, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communications at National Bank of Arizona. "We're very fortunate to be able to provide support and align all of our employees behind this effort. We're so incredibly proud. We're also extremely excited about this announcement today: Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is our new Grand Marshal."
The National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade is a family-friendly event that showcases rich pageantry and boasts a myriad of unique entries that cultivate this year's theme, the Spirit of the Southwest. The Dec. 27 celebration is attended by over 100,000 spectators who line the streets of Central Avenue in Phoenix.
The long-standing valley tradition will begin at 11:00 a.m. MST on December 27, 2014. Admission is free to the public with premium reserved seating available for $25. The Parade will also be broadcast on KNXV-ABC15 and abc15.com.