Established in 1997, before the D-backs ever played a Major League game, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation began giving back to the fans of Arizona. Since its inception, the D-backs Foundation has donated more than $17 million statewide. Funds for the D-backs Foundation are raised through events such as Evening on the Diamond, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Broadcast Auction, "Shirts Off Our D-backs," and other team-related activities. The Arizona Diamondbacks take great pride in being recognized as a leader in community giving. Our commitment to the needs of our state will continue to be a cornerstone of our corporate mission.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation began awarding Grand Slam Award grants in 2002 to make a larger impact on community organizations by providing a grant in the amount of $100,000 or more. Overall, 29 Grand Slam Awards totaling $3 million have been distributed from 2002-12.
Previous Grand Slam Awards recipients that were awarded $100,000 to improve youth programs included Junior Achievement of Arizona to prepare children to succeed in a global economy and to Great Hearts Academies' Teleos Prep Academy to be the first of its kind in the metro Phoenix area to deliver a top-tier, college prep education in a low-income community. The $100,000 grants have also assisted with indigent healthcare concerns in the Valley by providing Clinica Adelante a 39-foot mobile medical clinic to provide health-care services at 17 schools in 11 rural communities and establishing a D-backs Good DeedWorks program with SARRC to provide teens with autism disorders training, mentoring and volunteer experiences as a means of occupational therapy. Additional grants were awarded to homeless causes such as the Desert Mission Food Bank to provide a refrigerated truck to deliver food throughout the Valley and to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's evening meal program.
The Grand Slam Awards are made possible by fundraising efforts by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and by contributions from the D-backs' Partnership Group.
In addition to the Grand Slam Awards, program grants are given statewide to non-profit organizations in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Funds for these grants are raised throughout the season through team fundraising events, including the annual Evening on the Diamond benefit dinner, Shirts Off Our D-backs and additional events. All 501(c)3 non-profit organizations in Arizona are welcome to apply for funding, however funding must be for serving the people of Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has awarded more than 860 program grants totaling $4 million since 1998.
Since 2000, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished over 32 baseball fields as part of the "Diamonds Back" Youth Field Building Program. The fields are built through the aid of corporate sponsor APS, local businesses, funds from Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and monetary donations from individual players. Fields are dedicated in Diamondbacks players' names and generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new dirtwork and/or grass. The locations of the fields are determined through a grant process.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation are devoted to youth sports across Arizona. In 2013, the D-backs Give Back PLAY BALL fund, supported by Chase and Western Refining, will support the outstanding efforts of Arizona's dedicated parents, mentors, and coaches to expand the game of baseball and softball and inspire Arizona's kids to PLAY BALL. Our goal is to ensure that every child who has a desire to learn and play the D-backs way -- has that opportunity.