Diamondbacks Award Grant to Assistance League

Prior to the final game of the home stand, the crowd gathered outside Chase Field waiting for the gates to open. At the far end of the stadium is a stage adjacent to the new Game Seven Grill. Normally this stage has a band or some sort of musical accompaniment to get the crowd excited. Today though the stage held a much greater purpose.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have long been active in the community raising money for various groups around the valley. Each year the list of individuals and groups who have been helped by the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation continues to grow. This philanthropic arm is one of the reasons many of us are proud to say we are Diamondbacks fans.

photo2Today the Diamondbacks Foundation was on the stage to announce the first $100,000 grant to be awarded this season. The recipient was the Assistance League of Phoenix. This group has more than 240 members and is part of a national non-profit organization with 122 chapters across the country. The members donate their time and money to assist children and families across the greater Phoenix area.

photoThe Grand Slam Award Recipient was awarded $100,000 to retrofit a city bus called Operation School Bell Bus. This bus would be filled with shoes, clothing, school supplies, and other necessities that will assist families and children who could not otherwise provide their children with the items necessary to go back to school.

Diamondbacks Vice President of Corporate & Community Impact made the announcement of the award and unveiled the bus amid cheering and clapping from Assistance League volunteers and fans.

The goal is to have the bus travel to areas where there are children in need. It is decorated in Diamondbacks colors to help remove the stigma of being unable to provide for children. The interior has racks for clothing and supplies. There is a waiting area, a changing room, and a sewing station for necessary adjustments.

There are over 3,000 children in need in the Phoenix area and this bus hopes to provide the necessities to make this time of year more enjoyable for all children.

This is the latest in the community outreach programs for the Diamondbacks. During the home stand they have been raising money for the Yarnell fire survivors. It was announced during the game that the team had raised $705,395 to support the families through online donations, online auctions of game-worn merchandise, and proceeds from the 50/50 raffle.

It’s incredible to see the generosity not only from the team but by the community as a whole. The Diamondbacks are showing they are not just a local sports team but a part of the community both in good times as well as bad.

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