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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.

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. 

Find out more at dbacks.com/read.

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.

  1. D-backs School Challenge
  2. D-backs Honor Roll
  3. 500 Club Reading Program
  4. Winter Classic brings holiday cheer to Valley youth

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.

Meet our schools

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.

ACCEL
Alhambra High School
C.J. Jorgensen School
Carson Junior High School
CASA Academy
Concordia Charter School
Mingus Union High School
Ron Watson Middle School
Sahuarita Intermediate School
Stanfield Elementary School
Weinberg Elementary School
Ingleside Middle School
Ira A. Murphy Elementary School
Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School
Larry C. Kennedy School
Metro Tech High School
Mountain Pointe High School
Papago School
Reyes Maria Ruiz Leadership Academy
South Mountain High School
Sunnyslope High School

Find out more at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge.

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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. 

Find out more at dbacks.com/read.

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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