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 five eligible Arizona residents achieve their own dreams of earning a degree — assisted by full-tuition scholarships.

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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.

Since launching in 2012, this program has awarded $500,000 to more than 100 schools throughout the state.

“We are excited to once again team up with the D-backs organization to help Arizona teachers inspire students by providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to become tomorrow’s successful workforce,” said Tim Slottow, president of University of Phoenix.

Winning schools from the 2014 challenge will be using their grant money to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) drone project to a student reporting lab, a desert pollinator garden to a dual language kid caster program and a band mentorship with special needs students. Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2015 D-backs game next April and May at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate 1,000 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff to attend the D-backs’ game at which their school will be honored.

  • Alhambra Elementary
  • ASU Prep Phoenix
  • Bernard Black Elementary
  • Betty H. Fairfax High School
  • CASA Academy
  • Copper King Elementary
  • Cooper King Elementary
  • East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Faith North Montessori
  • Frye Elementary
  • Gompers Private School
  • Granada Primary School
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Ironwood High School
  • Kyrene de los Niños
  • Longview Elementary
  • Mesa High School
  • Monte Vista Elementary
  • Ocotillo Early Learning Center
  • Pioneer Preparatory Charter School
  • Queen Creek High School
  • Rio Rico High School
  • Salome High School
  • Sonoran Desert School
  • Sonoran Trails Middle School
  • South Mountain High School
  • Tempe High School
  • Tres Rios Elementary
  • Tuba City 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 2014 season, we helped the Diamondbacks award 30,000 game tickets to Valley students who displayed perfect attendance, good grades and leadership and/or strong character.

Look for this opportunity again in the 2015 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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