D-Backs Accepting Submissions For $100,000 School Challenge

school_challenge_logoThe Arizona Diamondbacks announced in August 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 September 30.

“We are excited to once again offer the School Challenge program for the third year in a row,” says 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,” says 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.

Celebrate Summertime In The Valley

Summer is here and the heat is on. But there is no need to head for the hills just yet. June in the Valley offers plenty of ways to eat, drink and play the summer away.

MudManiaGet Down And Dirty
The 40th Annual Mighty Mud Mania takes over Chaparral Park June 6. The event includes mud obstacle courses for six and under, the young “mudders” in the mini mud obstacle course and puddle pools for toddlers; seven to 12 year olds can take on the original mud course, and those age 13 and up can have at it on the mighty mud challenge course. The events are free for children, but a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Vista Del Camino Food Bank is requested. Call 480.312.2771 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania.

Treat Dad To The D-Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks will give away special Father’s Day T-shirts, courtesy of Audi, to 10,000 dads June 21 when the D-backs host the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. The D-backs welcome all dads and kids, 12 and younger, to run the bases for Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) after the game. For each dad and kid crossing home plate, the D-backs will donate $1 to PCH.

Major League Baseball and the D-backs will also host Prostate Cancer Awareness Day on June 21. Purchase tickets at www.dbacks.com/giveback and the D-backs will donate $2 from each ticket to prostate cancer charities.

SaltySowEnjoy Salty Summer Specials
Salty Sow
in Phoenix is launching new, seasonal summer happy hour specials beginning this month. From 4-6:30pm daily, Salty Sow will offer $5 bites and small plates, such as the Honey Rosemary Dipped Fried Chicken with sweet potato biscuit (pictured) and more.

Guests can also imbibe on some “signature sips” such as the Curly Tail (pictured), Salty Sow Sparkling Sangria; Miss Piggy and wines by the glass – all at $2 off the regular pricing. Call 602.795.9463 or visit www.saltysow.com.

Golf With Your Buddies
Host of the fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale offers guests desert elegance with legendary championship courses available for play. Named by GolfWeek magazine as “One of America’s best Courses,” TPC Scottsdale is a masterful blend of challenge and playability.

GolfThis summer, June 7 – September 10, groups of eight to 16 players can take advantage of the “Ultimate Buddy Golf Trip” with group rates from $345. The special package includes two rounds of golf, a two-night stay and much more. Call 480.585.4334 or visit www.tpc.com/scottsdale-vacation-packages.

 Editor’s note: Find many more ways to celebrate summer in the Valley, and beyond, throughout our entire June issue. Click here!

Win Tickets To See Your Arizona Diamondbacks!

Want to take a friend or family member out to the ballgame? Two lucky CITYSunTimes readers can win two (2) lower-level Baseline Box tickets to the September 30 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Chicago Cubs game. For details, see page 44.

Win Tickets To See Your Arizona Diamondbacks!

Want to take a friend or family member out to the ballgame? Two lucky CITYSunTimes readers can win two (2) lower-level Baseline Box tickets to the August 24 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres game.

For details, see page 31.

Take Fido Out To The Ballgame

Help provide shelter for homeless pets

This Memorial Day weekend, dog owners can catch a baseball game with their furry friends and help an animal shelter save more homeless pets

Bark in the Park, which is presented by Pet Club, will be held on Sunday, May 27 as the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Milwaukee Brewers. The event starts at 11:30am. There will be a pre-game Puppy Rally and Parade on the track at Chase Field. Game time is 1:10pm.

To participate in the Puppy Rally, participants must arrive and be registered by 11:30am. Water will be provided for pets during the event.

The event will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (AAWL & SPCA), which operates the state’s oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter.

The Diamondbacks will donate $5 from every ticket purchased for Bark in the Park to AAWL & SPCA. Ticket prices are $18 per person and per dog for the bleachers and picnic pavilion, and $25 per person and per dog for baseline reserve.

AAWL & SPCA also will raffle off a custom Diamondbacks-themed dog house. Tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20, which can be purchased in advance of the game.

Pre-registration is required to attend the game with your dog – no walk-ups will be permitted. Dogs must be at least six months old and have a current license. Owners must be able to provide a copy of current vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian.

To purchase game and raffle tickets, or to find out more, visit www.aawl.org or call 602.273.6852.

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