PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The University of Phoenix is proud to support the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Winter Classic each year with employee volunteers and as a presenting partner. The 25the The annual D-backs Winter Classic, presented by the University of Phoenix, took place on December 5e. More than 80 University of Phoenix-based employee volunteers joined players, coaches and D-backs staff for the celebration. University employees participating as volunteers handed out backpacks filled with gifts for the children, including new shoes, a cap, a sweatshirt and books. Over 700 children attended the event.
“The Winter Classic is one of my favorite events of the year,” said John Woods, Ph.D., director of studies and president of the University of Phoenix. “It’s a great example of what good organizations can do when they work together well. For many years we have worked with the D-backs to provide a special day for hundreds of children from all over the valley who have the opportunity to come here, be in the field, enjoy a day of games and to walk away with special gifts. . Our staff look forward to volunteering at this event year round.
The annual event provides Arizona schoolchildren from low-income and at-risk schools with a day of celebration, fun and giving, with giveaways provided by the University and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The event began more than two decades ago when Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson looked for a way to give back to the community by providing new shoes for kids in need. Since then, the event has grown and now features music, crafts and a friendly game of baseball. Activities this year included a baseball station featuring Baxter the D-backs mascot, photos with Santa, a shoe station, a University of Phoenix reading corner, and the Be Kind Crew station.
“I am grateful for the partnership with the University of Phoenix and its leadership team to make the Winter Classic one of the most impactful events we host throughout the year,” said Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “It’s hard to believe this event has made a difference in children’s lives for a quarter of a century now, and I can’t wait to see how many more lives we can touch over the next 25 years.
Doni Mullins, senior quality assurance analyst at the University of Phoenix, says volunteering at the event was a wonderful experience. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Diamondbacks Winter Classic event. I met some amazing University employees who volunteered alongside me. There were so many kids who were able to participate in the event, and they all came back with a smile on their face!Many of them were happy to show me or tell me about their new shoes, backpacks, hats, hoodies and books This was my first time volunteering at the event and I hope to participate again next year.
The University of Phoenix has been a proud sponsor of the Winter Classic since 2012.
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About the Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Arizona Diamondbacks provide cutting-edge entertainment in a clean, safe, family-friendly environment and positively impact their fans and civic partners. Their mission is guided by the Circle of Success: team performance, fan experience, financial efficiency, workplace culture and community contribution. The D-backs’ best on-court moments include their 2001 World Series title and 5 National League West Division titles. Since its inception in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has donated nearly $75 million in charitable contributions to the Arizona community. The team created D-backs for Change to level the playing field with an unequivocal commitment to improving organizational diversity, equity and inclusion, and to seeking to improve the lives of those who have been and continue to to be disadvantaged due to systemic social injustice. The club, established in 1995 and whose inaugural season was held in 1998, plays its home games in downtown Phoenix at Chase Field, the first Major League Baseball stadium to feature a swimming pool as well as sports facilities. a retractable roof over a natural grass (now synthetic grass) playing surface. For more information, please visit dbacks.com and losdbacks.com and connect on social media via @Dbacks and @LosDbacks.