Hunger hits Arizona every day at staggering rates. 1 in 7 seniors, 1 in 5 Arizonans, and 1 in 3 children are hungry in Arizona. Annually, the D-backs host a food and donation drive at Chase Field in effort to feed the hungry in our community
Each September, join the D-backs as we help our littlest fans who need us the most as we raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer programs during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The D-backs and Safelite AutoGlass have stepped up to the plate again this summer to help keep kids safe through the D-backs Safelite AutoGlass Summer of Safety Program. The program will focus on different areas of child safety including swim safety, child car seat safety, bike safety, and back-to-school immunizations.
Each year, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation awards deserving non-profit organizations with Program Grants and Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards. Program Grants are given statewide to non-profit organizations in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded 1,219 program grants totaling more than $5.3 million since 1998. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation began awarding Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award grants in 2002 to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing a grant in the amount of $15,000-$100,000. Since 2002, the D-backs have awarded 71 Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards totaling more than $5.8 million. All 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in Arizona are welcome to apply for funding.
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 39 youth baseball and softball fields across Arizona as part of the "Diamonds Back" Field Building Program representing a charitable investment of more than $10 million. In partnership with APS and a charitable gift from individual players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. The fields generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new grass and dirt.
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 Michael Wogan D-backs Season Ticket Scholarship program, which was created in 2008 as the first-of-its-kind in all of sports, awards fans experiencing financial hardships season tickets to attend D-backs games at Chase Field. In 2011, the D-backs announced that the Season Ticket scholarship program would honor the legacy of Wogan, a past recipient of the scholarship, who lost his life in the Reno air show tragedy on Sept. 16, 2011.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are honored to host a variety of outreach programs and initiatives that help support and improve the lives of our Military heroes.
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.
To help lift the spirits of the kids in our community, Arizona Diamondbacks players regularly visit young patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital during the season. In addition to visiting with patients, the players sign autographs, take photos and distribute D-backs gift bags for young fans going through tough times.
Every December, the Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix team up and turn Chase Field into a winter wonderland for the annual Winter Classic event. Six hundred students from various local Title I schools and non-profit agencies are invited to participate in this holiday event filled with gifts and engaging activities. Each participating student receives a brand new pair of athletic shoes, two books, a drawstring bag and a D-backs sweatshirt. Activities include photos with Santa at the North Pole, the University of Phoenix Reading Corner, a Science of Baseball station, musical education with the Phoenix Symphony, an animal petting zoo courtesy of the Phoenix Herpetological Society, a holiday craft station, wiffleball and an agility zone with D-backs coaches and trainers and more.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo teamed up to host the 19th annual D-backs District 5 Jam. The D-backs welcomed over 1,000 students from 21 local schools to Chase Field on May 17 for a special day that included a parade around the warning track. Each student received a game ticket, t-shirt and a food voucher for lunch at the ballpark.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud to partner with Major League Baseball to support and raise awareness for a variety of community outreach programs and initiatives.
In partnership with Major League Baseball, each year the D-backs host ALS Awareness Day at Chase Field. Representatives from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ALS Association Arizona Chapter and ALS TDI are invited to Chase Field to help raise awareness in the fight against ALS. The day includes a special pre-game celebration on the field honoring those who are fighting.
Few people have meant more to the game of baseball - and America for that matter - than Jackie Robinson. By breaking baseball's color barrier with his historic debut on April 15, 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer helped pave the way for equal rights for every United States citizen. Our goal is to continue to recognize this momentous event that changed the social fabric of America. Every year on April 15th, our game honors Jackie's legacy by celebrating his inspiring life, values and accomplishments.
Not long after recording his 3,000th career hit, Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente exemplified baseball's unique responsibility as a social institution and its ability to improve people's lives. MLB and the D-backs celebrate Clemente's dedication to public service while recognizing players' efforts to give back to their communities. Roberto Clemente Day was established in 2002 to increase awareness of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevy, and particularly to the local recipients and their efforts in the community.
As America's national pastime, Major League Baseball has the social responsibility to support those who have truly made sacrifices on our behalf. Welcome Back Veterans was created to honor America's brave servicemen and women and help them make a successful transition back to civilian life.
Major League Baseball and the D-backs are proud to partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to "Go to Bat Against Breast Cancer". Our goal is to increase breast cancer awareness and early detection while raising funds to support breast cancer research. In seeking a cure for this all-too-pervasive disease, MLB and the D-backs stand with the countless women and their families affected each year.
On Father's Day, Major League Baseball and the D-backs join with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to heighten awareness of prostate cancer and support its eventual eradication. The Home Run Challenge encourages fans to pledge money for each home run hit during the week of Father's Day to benefit PCF. Our effort seeks to communicate the importance of early detection and generate funding for ongoing research.
Major League Baseball and the Arizona Diamondbacks support efforts to raise childhood cancer awareness. In the United States, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children aged 15 and under. Together, we are committed to eradicating the diseases that these brave young people face every day.
Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative is about inspiring everyone to play ball! Play Ball Weekend is a weekend-long series of events celebrating youth baseball and softball, while encouraging participation in all forms of the game.
The D-backs team up with the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society each year to host 100 youth at Chase Field to teach them valuable lessons regarding the importance of exercise and the dangers of steroids. The children learn exercises from the D-backs training staff and participate in a question and answer session with a D-backs player about the importance of living healthy.