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 200 schools with grants for an overall monetary commitment of more than $1 million since the program launched in 2012.
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 39,000 students, 1100 teachers, and 600 schools have participated in the program.
D-backs Read Your Way to the Ballpark supported by Raising Cane’s is a K-6 school reading program designed to stimulate interest in reading and literacy while also providing funding for new books in the classroom! Students earn D-backs prizes, including a D-backs ticket voucher, when meeting four different reading goals determined by their teachers. The program will also provide twenty-five (25) participating teachers with $500 grants for new books in the classroom ($12,500 total).
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Raytheon Missiles & Defense are proud to support Arizona teachers through the D-backs Most Valuable Teachers (MVT) 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.
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.