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Deadline to apply for $150,000 School Challenge is one week from today

The Arizona Diamondbacks are still accepting applications for the $150,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona, with a deadline to apply set for one week from today, on Sept. 30. 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.

 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 last fall. With more than 1,300 applications last year, the D-backs were able to grant $5,000 to 50 schools for a grand total of $250,000 in 2012. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation provided $150,000 for the program and the University of Phoenix provided $100,000. 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 improvements.

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The School Challenge is part of the D-backs' overall charitable efforts and last season, the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, surpassed $30 million in combined donations since their inception in 1998, including more than $4 million in 2012.

 

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