University of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation believe that when you work together, you achieve better results. That’s why we’ve partnered to promote education in Phoenix, Arizona, and its surrounding communities. Below, learn about some of the programs we’ve created.
D-backs 500 Club Reading Program
The D-backs 500 Club Reading Program promotes K–12 literacy by encouraging young members to read for at least 20 minutes a day. Students log their minutes regularly, and those who reach 500 minutes of reading receive a voucher they can trade for a ticket to a designated D-backs home game.
The school with the most logged hours receives a visit from Baxter, the D-backs mascot. Find out more at dbacks.com/read.
D-Backs Give Back $250,000 School Challenge
Teachers, administrators and coaches were invited to submit applications for grant money at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge. This year, we awarded 51 K–12 schools an average of $5,000 each to fund projects in:
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 D-backs Back-to-School Challenge presented by University of Phoenix!
Agua Fria Union School District
Alpine Leadership Academy
Cactus Shadows High School
Castle Dome Middle School
Cotton Boll Elementary
Douglas High School
Dreaming Summit Elementary
Eagle Ridge Elementary
Edge High School
Eisenhower Center for Innovation
Metro Tech High School
Mohave Accelerated Elementary
Northland Preparatory Academy
Polaris High School
Raymond S. Kellis High School
Ruth Fisher Elementary
Salida del Sol Elementary
Sierra Verde Elementary
South Mountain High School
Trevor Browne High School
Vista College Preparatory
Willie and Coy Payne Junior High
Home Runs for Scholarships
When the Diamondbacks hit a home run into the "University of Phoenix Scholarship Zone," they don’t just put a point on the scoreboard — they help put a full-tuition scholarship for a bachelor’s or master’s degree program in the hands of someone who needs it.
During the 2013 baseball season, University of Phoenix gave three students the opportunity to better themselves and their communities through full academic scholarships:
Chelsea plans to earn her Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education and fulfill her dream of teaching high school biology.
Jonathan wants to take his passion for teaching to the next level by earning his Master of Arts in Education and mentoring other teachers.
Mary wishes to improve outcomes for both teachers and students by working toward a Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision.
University of Phoenix will begin accepting new applications in 2014.
Winter Classic brings holiday cheer to Valley youth
The Arizona Diamondbacks Annual Winter Classic, which took place on December 13, 2012, provided Valley youth from Title 1 schools with the chance to enjoy a day of games, reading and crafts. Arizona Diamondbacks players and executives, as well as more than 100 University of Phoenix volunteers, also attended the event. In the spirit of the season, 600 participating students received a new pair of shoes and handmade crafts.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and University of Phoenix raised funds to redesign the Community Clubhouse at Chase Field. The space now acts as an information center for nonprofit organizations, scholarship programs and community initiatives.
Check out the new Community Clubhouse at Chase Field, behind section 134.
D-backs Honor Roll
During the 2012 season, University of Phoenix and the Arizona Diamondbacks partnered to award 30,000 game tickets to Valley students who displayed perfect attendance, good grades, leadership and/or strong character.