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D-Backs accepting School Challenge applications

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are accepting applications through the end of this month for the $150,000 School Challenge, presented by the University of Phoenix, to benefit schools statewide. The program is open to all Arizona public, private and non-profit charter schools for grades K-12. Teachers and administrators can access and submit an application on-line at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge

The D-Backs kicked off the program last spring with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to also host a $150,000 Back-to-School Challenge this fall. 

“Last season, we were astounded by the volume and quality of applications received and we know that schools across the state truly need help,” said D-Backs president and CEO, Derrick Hall. “That’s where the D-Backs and University of Phoenix step in and we are excited to be able to bring back this valuable program.”

With more than 1,300 applications submitted last year, the D-Backs were able to grant $5,000 to 50 schools for a grand total of $250,000 in 2012. The $5,000 grants helped schools from across the state with needs such as educational supplies, books, updated computer programs, mobile computer labs and school facility improvements. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation provided $150,000 for the program and the University of Phoenix provided $100,000.

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