In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation partnered with the University of Phoenix to launch the D-backs School Challenge, a statewide grant program that challenged public, private and charter schools to "make their best pitch" for a $5,000 grant. The charitable grants have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs such as vocational activities for special education students, digital sculpting for animation art classes, community gardens, after school fitness classes and much more. Through the School Challenge program, the D-backs have provided more than 200 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $950,000 since the program launched in 2012.
Launched in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and Insight, is a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The program provides a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. The goal is to translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport. This season-long program aims to engage and empower students with a university research-based curriculum, designed with College Professor and STEM Expert Ricardo Valerdi. To date, more than 13,000 students, 400 teachers, and 300 schools have participated in the program.
D-backs Read Your Way to the Ballpark is a K-6 school reading program designed to stimulate interest in reading and literacy while also providing funding for new books in the classroom! Students earn D-backs prizes, including a D-backs ticket voucher, when meeting four different reading goals determined by their teachers. The program will also provide twenty-five (25) participating teachers with $500 grants for new books in the classroom ($12,500 total).
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Papa John's are proud to support Arizona teachers through the D-backs Most Valuable Teachers (MVT) Award. These educators work to shape a brighter future for our community and our kids. Celebrating outstanding teachers and educators provides a perfect opportunity to recognize the best-of-the-best of our local teachers and acknowledge their commitment.
The D-backs and Safelite AutoGlass have stepped up to the plate to help promote bike safety. Each summer the D-backs and Safelite AutoGlass donate new bikes and helmets at a local Boys and Girls Club. In addition the Phoenix Fire Department and Phoenix Police provide safety instruction and conduct a Bike Rodeo obstacle course.
The D-backs Foundation, Safelite AutoGlass and the Be kind People Project have teamed up to help spread a message of anti-bullying and friendship. Twenty-five schools throughout Arizona will receive a special Buddy Bench, presented by D-backs mascot D. Baxter, during a special Be Kind People Project school assembly. The Buddy Bench is a place where kids can go to make new friends and a place to build teamwork and morale. Each bench is donated free of charge to the school.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Be kind People Project have teamed up to help spread a message of anti-bullying and friendship. Using their positive approach to behavior and character education, the Be Kind People Project offers innovative youth development programs and services that initiate social change in schools and improve the overall learning environment. To learn more about the Be Kind People Project, visit them at https://www.thebekindpeopleproject.org/
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the University of Phoenix are teaming up to offer fans an opportunity to receive one of three full tuition scholarships to University of Phoenix. For more information, visit phoenix.edu/dbacks.
The 500 Club Reading Program presented by University of Phoenix is a reading program that rewards students with complimentary D-backs game tickets.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Chase joined forces to help revitalize struggling high school baseball and softball programs in Arizona. The "Chase Your Dreams" program provides financial support, equipment and supplies, facility improvements and field maintenance training to local high school baseball and softball programs.