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. To date, the event has raised $15 million for our community. We end the year back on the field for holiday cheer and charity with our youngest fans.

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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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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 $600,000 to more than 120 schools throughout the state.

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Winning schools from the 2015 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 is honored and receives a check on the field at a D-backs game each  April and May at Chase Field. The D-backs  donate 1,000 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staff to attend the D-backs’ game at which their school will be honored.

Academia del Pueblo School
Arizona Desert Elementary
Burk Elementary
Cactus High School
CASA Academy
Centerra Mirage STEM Academy
Circle Cross Ranch STEM Academy
Conley Elementary
Griffith Elementary
Highland Arts Elementary
Jordan Center for Early Education
Kachina Elementary
Landmark School
Magee Middle School
Manzanita Elementary
Maryvale Preparatory Academy
Northland Preparatory Academy
Orangewood School
St. John Bosco Catholic School
West Sedona Elementary
Xavier College Preparatory
Zaharis Elementary

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We strive to support kids who know what it’s like to hit a grand slam in school. The D-backs and University of Phoenix partner on the D-backs Honor Roll youth education initiative to reward students with tickets to regular-season games at Chase Field for accomplishments and behaviors that improve education outcomes

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


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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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.


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