Program has already provided $550,000 to 111 Arizona schools in first three years of existence
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they are now accepting applications for the $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona. The program is open to all Arizona public, private, and nonprofit charter schools, Grades K-12, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to "make their best pitch" on why they deserve to receive this important funding by submitting an application online at www.dbacks.com/schoolchallenge by Sept. 30.
"We are excited to once again offer the School Challenge program for the third year in a row," said D-backs' President and CEO Derrick Hall. "Along with our partners at University of Phoenix, the D-backs are impressed with the innovative programs that schools around the state of Arizona have created. We are committed to helping launch new and inspired programs as well as assisting those that are in the greatest need of funding for even the most basic items. We are dedicated to ensuring that the schools in Arizona receive the resources that will make the biggest impact on our students and the community at large."
The D-backs kicked off the program in the spring of 2012 with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to continue the program annually. With more than 2,500 applications over the past three seasons, the D-backs have been able to help 111 schools for a grand total of $550,000 since the program began. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix provide a combined $100,000 for the program. The $5,000 grants have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs such as vocational activities for special education students, digital sculpting for animation art classes, community gardens and after school fitness classes.
"University of Phoenix recognizes the financial challenges facing K-12 schools across America, and is proud to partner once again with the Arizona Diamondbacks to invest in deserving students and educators," said Timothy P. Slottow, president of University of Phoenix. "The School Challenge recognizes innovative programs and projects at schools across Arizona. We are thrilled to join with the Diamondbacks to celebrate these educators and the noble work they do each day to brighten the hearts and minds of our youth."
\ The School Challenge is part of the D-backs' overall charitable efforts and in 2014, the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $41 million in combined donations since its inception in 1998, including more than $3.8 million in 2014.