Established in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation focuses its efforts on three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children's programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. In addition, the Foundation has created strategic programs that address the needs of our community including veterans, police, teachers, and firefighters - just to name a few. To date, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation have made charitable contributions totaling more than $45 million to non-profit organizations from across Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation launched the D-backs Give Back Youth Jersey Program in the Spring of 2014 in response to the financial crisis that many Arizona little leagues were facing. Providing at-risk leagues with high-quality jerseys and caps, the D-backs Give Back Youth Jersey Program has significantly offset diminishing resources and allowed participating leagues to reallocate funds toward equipment, registration fees and facility improvements. In partnership with Fry's Food Stores, Tide and Western Refining the program includes 75 leagues across Arizona with more than 40,000 participating youth baseball and softball players. Visit dbacks.com/jerseyprogram to learn more.
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 38 youth baseball and softball fields across Arizona as part of the "Diamonds Back" Field Building Program representing a charitable investmentof more than $10 million. In partnership with APS and a charitable gift from individual players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. The fields generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new grass and dirt. Click here for a complete list of "Diamonds Back" Fields or to learn more about the "Diamonds Back" Youth Field Building Program.
The D-backs Give Back PLAY BALL fund, supported by Chase and Western Refining, supports the outstanding efforts of Arizona's dedicated coaches and mentors to expand the game of baseball and softball and inspire Arizona's kids to PLAY BALL. Each month during the Major League Baseball season, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation together with Chase and Western Refining will award up to ten $1,000 grants to Arizona based youth sports teams. Any Arizona youth team, league or organization can apply for funds to support player equipment, training for youth players or coaches, assistance with fees and expenses or facility improvements. Visit dbacks.com/playball to learn more or apply for a PLAY BALL Fund Grant.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are proud to be the only Major League Baseball team to host a youth baseball and softball tournament for Native American youth. The 17th annual Inter-Tribal Tournaments, held in July of 2015, hosted more than 1,000 participants, hailing from 5 states and representing 27 Native American tribes. Visit dbacks.com/intertribal to learn more or to view past tournament results.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and Chase joined forces to help revitalize struggling high school baseball and softball programs in Arizona. The "Chase Your Dreams" program provides financial support, equipment and supplies, facility improvements and field maintenance training to local high school baseball and softball programs. Visit dbacks.com/chaseyourdreams to learn more.
The D-backs Baseball Academy, presented by Phoenix Children's Hospital with participating partners United Healthcare, SUBWAY® and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, is the official year-round baseball and fast-pitch softball instruction division of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs Baseball Academy offers a variety of camps and clinics throughout the year, teaching thousands of kids to "Learn to Play the D-backs Way!" Visit dbacks.com/academy to learn more.