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 120 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $600,000 since the program launched in 2012.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation honors everyday heroes with the Most Valuable Teacher 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.
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 9,000 students, 300 teachers, and 200 schools have participated in the program.
Team mascot D. Baxter and Team Organist Bobby Freeman entertain children at various schools throughout Arizona with a STEM-based and baseball-infused act that incorporates relevant messages into a delightful musical-variety show designed to communicate messages of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. In addition, Bobby & Baxter review the benefits in making great food choices and the importance of a healthy lifestyle to every day happiness.
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.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, University of Phoenix & Paul Goldschmidt 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 are honored to work with United Blood Services, sponsoring their High School Challenge Program and supporting their Save Our Summer Blood Drive. Each year, the D-backs host over 500 participating students at a D-backs home game for the United Blood Services High School Banner Night. The 10 high schools who collected the most blood donations throughout the year are honored on the field during a special ceremony. To learn more about United Blood Services, visit them at unitedbloodservices.org.