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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 4:00 am

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the creation of the D-backs Give Back Jersey Program, which will provide high-quality uniforms and caps to more than 20,000 youth baseball and softball players and their coaches throughout Arizona communities. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate more than $500,000 to the unique program. 

 “We are extremely proud to make a donation like this which allows many youth baseball and softball leagues to allocate their resources to field improvements and other vital needs,” said D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall. “In some cases, this donation is keeping leagues afloat and allowing more of the youth around the Valley the opportunity to play the game we all love and we have seen significantly higher league registration numbers since bringing this to our community. A program of this magnitude has the chance to have an impact on these youngsters and our franchise for many years to come.”

 More than 30 leagues are taking advantage of this opportunity, with some leagues registering more than 1,500 kids. There are more than 75 color combinations which include the traditional Sedona Red, white, black and gray as well as throwback colors purple and teal and unique options like camouflage and gold.

Since originally bringing the concept to these leagues, enrollment has increased by more than 4,000 kids, raising the total more than 20,000.

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