In 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, supported by Insight Technology Solutions, launched the immersive “D-backs Girls Play Ball” - a free baseball outreach initiative for girls that promotes empowering girls and young women to get involved in the sport of baseball.
Recognizing that young girls and young women are a priority within the community, the classroom and on the playing field, the program allows a new generation of girls to experience the many benefits of sports participation including increased confidence, improved health and enhanced academic success.
Studies have shown that girls who play sports have the ability to concentrate much better, have higher self-esteem, make healthier decisions and have reduced anxiety and depression. Sadly, by the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate of boys. Based on research, girls need sports.
The free program includes big league baseball clinics at Chase Field, hosted by D-backs Academy and volunteer coaches, a D-backs Science of Baseball STEM Camp and panels led by female leaders and male allies. Each participant in the free program receives a baseball glove, cap, t-shirt, drawstring bag and game tickets.
The overwhelming first-year success of the D-backs Girls Play Ball makes this new initiative another powerful program for children funded by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. More than 250 girls attended D-backs Girls Play Ball in 2019, whom traveled from 23 cities across Arizona to play baseball.