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Talking Stick Entertainment Destination ambassadors Matthew King, Jayce Johnson, Michelle Washington, Paul Smith, Whitney “Che” Grey, Michael Pedro, and TSCED Senior Clerk Kasey Kauakahi. welcome, educate, and direct visitors who ride one of the two complimentary Spring Training trollies or who enter the new TSCED visitor’s center located at the Pavilions at Talking Stick. Not pictured Michael “John” Landis. Photo submitted by Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, TSCED

Seven SRPMIC Members to Serve as Ambassadors During Spring Training

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

The Talking Stick Entertainment Destination (TSED) has hired seven Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members to serve as ambassadors for the Community during the spring training season. The ambassadors will welcome, educate and direct visitors to the area as they ride aboard the two complimentary spring training trolleys and/or check out the new TSED visitor center at the Pavilions at Talking Stick.

Trolley riders learn about the history of the two tribes of the SRPMIC as they are picked up from either the Talking Stick Resort or resorts in Scottsdale and brought to the Pavilions, where they can dine, shop or attend a spring training game at Salt River Fields.

This is the second year that the TSED has provided ambassadors to spread cultural awareness for the Community. The seven ambassadors this year range from young adults to seniors: Whitney “Che” Grey, Jayce Johnson, Matthew King, Michael “John” Landis, Michael Pedro, Paul Smith and Michelle Washington. They will rotate among the trolleys, the visitor center, Salt River Fields and Butterfly Wonderland.

“This is my first time being an ambassador. I have never done anything like this,” said Matthew King. As a laborer, he said that working with the public is very new to him. “Actually talking to people and promoting the Community … I wasn’t really comfortable getting up in front of people and talking, but now it’s hard to shut me up! My job is to let [visitors] know that [the TSED] is more than just the baseball field, it’s a place to come and spend some time.”

The spring training trolley service will operate through March 30. For more information and to print a coupon for a free gift from the TSED Visitor Center, go to

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