Via Ak-Chin Indian Community
By Lee Shappell | InMaricopa
As Lemuel Vincent sits in his office, reflecting, he is astounded by the growth and reach of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, of which he is vice chairman.
Last month, the community was among four major partners with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, gaining incalculable exposure from the game in Glendale and from several ancillary activities. Ak-Chin believes that will be beneficial to its economic development. It bases its belief on partnering with two previous Super Bowls hosted in the Valley.
Host Committee officials, in turn, say the partnership elevated the Super Bowl because Ak-Chin shares its vision of delivering a premiere experience and creating lasting social and economic impact across local communities.
“Sitting in my office at times, thinking of everything in my past to now — starting in farming in a cotton field, to where I am as vice chairman of our community — I would never envision this,” Vincent said.