PHOENIX – (BUSINESS WIRE) – 10. December 2021–
The University of Phoenix prides itself on supporting the Arizona Diamondbacks Winter Classic event each year with volunteer staff and presentation partners. The 24th annual D-backs Winter Classic, presented by the University of Phoenix, took place over three days, December 6-8, attended by 364 children from the Valley of the Sun community, for a total of 468.
The annual event offers Valley students from low-income, high-risk schools a day of partying, fun, and giving with gifts from the University and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The baseball field turns into a winter wonderland with visits to Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus music, crafts, and a friendly baseball game. This year’s activities included a Reading Corner & Santa Station, a Shoe Station, a Lego Station, DJ & Games and a Baseball Station.
“This is a great celebration,” said John Woods, Ph.D., chief academic officer and provost of the University of Phoenix. “It’s a kind of magic that happens when you’re on the baseball field together. We are honored to work with the D-Backs and to help the kids create wonderful vacation memories. “
More than 100 University of Phoenix, Phoenix volunteers joined the players, coaches and staff at D-Backs and participated as volunteers distributing backpacks with new shoes, hats, sweatshirts and books to children.
“We are grateful to our friends at the University of Phoenix for supporting the Winter Classic for 10 years,” said Derrick Hall, President and CEO of Arizona Diamondbacks. “This annual event gives kids the joy of being in the holiday mood for a few hours, as well as much-needed shoes, sweatshirts, and more. The university staff are helping make this event so effective, and it has become an important and sought-after volunteer opportunity for them. “
The University of Phoenix has been a proud supporter of the Winter Classic since 2012.
Watch a video recap of the event here.
Learn more about how the University of Phoenix and the D-Backs are joining forces to support the community here.
About the University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults improve their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue their professional and personal goals while balancing their busy lives. Visit phoenix.edu for more information.
About the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Providing industry-leading entertainment in a clean, safe, family-friendly environment, the Arizona Diamondbacks make a positive impact on their fans and civic partners. Your mission is guided by the Circle of Success: team performance, fan experience, financial efficiency, workplace culture, and community contribution. D-Back highlights on the field include winning the 2001 World Series and five National League West titles. Since its inception in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has donated nearly $ 75 million in charitable contributions to the Arizona community. The team set up D-Backs for Change to create a level playing field with a clear commitment to improving organizational diversity, equality and inclusion and improving the lives of those who have been and remain disadvantaged due to systemic social injustice. The club, founded in 1995 and opening season in 1998, plays its home games in downtown Phoenix at Chase Field, the first major league baseball stadium with a pool and a retractable roof over a natural grass playing surface (now artificial turf). For more information, please visit dbacks.com and losdbacks.com and connect on social media using @Dbacks and @LosDbacks.
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