In 2019, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation launched the immersive D-backs Girls Play Ball presented by Chase, 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 overwhelming success of the D-backs Girls Play Ball makes this initiative another powerful program for children funded by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. More than 250 girls from 23 cities across Arizona attended D-backs Girls Play Ball in 2020.