Proud Education Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Hitting home runs with community outreach

Athletes know that great teamwork is the cornerstone for success on the field — and in life. As the Proud Education Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, we’re helping make the team’s community outreach efforts even stronger.

University of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation believe that when we all work together, we can achieve better results. Our Teaming Up for Education programs demonstrate both organizations’ comprehensive investment in improving education outcomes for students throughout Arizona.

Our efforts run almost year-round, starting in March with Evening on the Diamond, presented by University of Phoenix. To date, the event has raised $8 million for our community. We end the year back on the field for holiday cheer and charity with our youngest fans.

Teaming Up for Education scholarship

Paul Goldschmidt, University of Phoenix alumnus and All-Star first baseman, is a true team player. It’s important to him to acknowledge his teammates’ involvement as he racks up records and awards each season. And it meant a lot to him to have the team behind him as he completed his degree in 2013.

Now, Goldschmidt and the D-backs are teaming up with University of Phoenix to help three eligible fans achieve their own dreams of earning a degree — assisted by full-tuition scholarships.

Recipients will be awarded by September, 2014.

Community Clubhouse

Next time you’re at a game, check out the new Community Clubhouse at Chase Field, behind section 134.

Partnering with the Diamondbacks, we’ve helped raise funds to redesign the Community Clubhouse at Chase Field. The space now serves as an information center for nonprofit organizations, scholarship programs and community initiatives. Junior Achievement, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Child Crisis Center, UMOM and Operation Homefront are just some of the Valley nonprofit organizations that participate.

D-backs School Challenge

Grants for innovative school projects are funded each year through the Diamondbacks School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix.

In just its first two years, this program has awarded $400,000 to 81 schools throughout the state. Teachers, administrators and coaches can apply for and receive grants of up to $5,000 for innovative school projects that they might not otherwise be able to do. 

“Once again, the Arizona community has shown a great need for funding in our schools, and we are proud to partner with University of Phoenix to make an impact on our community and education systems,” said D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We are excited to see the outcome of how the money is used to help improve the future of Arizona.”

Winning schools from the 2013 challenge will be using their grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a tortoise habitat to a sports marketing program, a Smart Board® whiteboard for Spanish-speaking immersion students to a sewing machine to teach life skills. They’ll be honored on the field at select home games in April and May. The D-backs also are donating 1,000 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff to attend the game at which their school will be honored.

  • Agua Fria Union School District
  • Alhambra Elementary
  • Alpine Leadership Academy
  • Cactus Shadows High School
  • Castle Dome Middle School
  • Cotton Boll Elementary
  • Desert Mesa
  • Douglas High School
  • Dreaming Summit Elementary
  • Eagle Ridge Elementary 
  • Edge High School
  • Eisenhower Center for Innovation
  • Galveston Elementary
  • Genesis Academy
  • Hynder Elementary
  • Ruth Fisher Elementary
  • Salida del Sol Elementary
  • Sandpiper Elementary
  • Sierra Verde Elementary
  • Simonton Elementary
  • South Mountain High School
  • Trevor Browne High School
  • Tuscano Elementary
  • Vista College Preparatory
  • Willie and Coy Payne Junior High
  • Metro Tech High School
  • Mohave Accelerated Elementary
  • Northland Preparatory Academy
  • Polaris High School
  • Raymond S. Kellis High School

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D-backs Honor Roll

We strive to support kids who know what it’s like to hit a grand slam in school.

During the 2013 season, we helped the Diamondbacks award 30,000 game tickets to Valley students who displayed perfect attendance, good grades, leadership and/or strong character.

Look for this opportunity again in the 2014 season.

500 Club Reading Program


The D-backs 500 Club Reading Program promotes literacy and encourages school-aged kids to read at least 20 minutes a day. Students are encouraged to download an online reading log to submit their time. Those who reach 500 minutes of reading receive a voucher that can be traded for a ticket to a D-backs home game. Additionally, the school with the most logged hours receives a visit from Baxter, the D-backs mascot. 

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Winter Classic brings holiday cheer to Valley youth


Each winter, some of the team’s best-loved players, coaches and staff participate with Valley schoolchildren from low-income, at-risk schools in a day of celebration and fun. More than 100 University of Phoenix volunteers get in on the activities, too. In the spirit of the season, 600 participating students got a visit from Santa and received new shoes, socks and books while enjoying music, crafts and a friendly game of baseball.

We’re investing in education throughout your community

Find other ways University of Phoenix is partnering with your community to support education and help build a better tomorrow. 

The use of the phrase education partner or education partnership is for marketing purposes only and is not intended to create a legal partnership.

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