The D-backs School Challenge supported by the University of Phoenix is a statewide grant program that challenges public, private and charter K-12 schools to "make their best pitch" for a $5,000 grant. The charitable grants are issued for innovative education programs or campus improvements.
In 2013, the D-backs launched D-backs Science of Baseball presented by Resolution Copper, a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). During the MLB season, STEM teachers (grades 3-8) can participate in a FREE D-backs Science of Baseball teacher workshop at Chase Field. During the workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to learn new and fun ways to teach students a variety of STEM concepts through the game of baseball. Participating teachers will also have the opportunity to attend a D-backs game and participate in a pre-game recognition on the field.
Summer Slugger is a free online learning experience that uses the game of baseball to prepare students of all backgrounds to enter the next school year on track. Students complete a series of fun, baseball-themed Math and Literacy games to practice the critical lessons learned in school. Students earn points, unlock levels and receive progress-based rewards.
Fun At Bat, a joint program from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball, is a bat and ball skills development program designed for use in elementary school P.E. classes. The goal of the program is to promote fun and active lifestyles for children, while teaching them the fundamental skills of bat and ball sports.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Complete Health 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 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 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.