Your Arizona Tax Credit Can Help Science of Sport Impact More Students Throughout Arizona
Arizona taxpayers may support our programs for students through a donation to Science of Sport as a Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO) until April 17, 2018 and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against your 2017 state tax liability.
The limits for 2017 a Qualifying Charitable Organization allow for up to $400 for single filers and up to $800 married/joint filling.
FAQ’s for Arizona State Taxpayers
Beginning with the 2016 tax year, credit eligible contributions made to a Qualifying Charitable Organization or Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization that are made on or before April 16th (the 15th day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year) may be applied to either the current or the preceding taxable year and is considered to have been made on the last day of that taxable year.
NOTE: Because calendar year filers have until April 17, 2018, to file their 2017 tax return, these taxpayers also have until April 17, 2018, to make qualifying contributions and claim these credits on their 2017 Arizona return. Donations made in 2018 are not deductible on 2017 federal filings. Please consult with a tax advisor. The tax credits are only available to individuals who file taxes in Arizona.
The Atlanta Braves Science of Baseball program, presented by Xfinity provides hands-on STEM curriculum and programming to 6th-8th grade level teachers and students in Georgia.
Increase student awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields as a future education and career option.
Motivate students to excel despite obstacles
Provide a measurable opportunity for individual transformation
Establish a framework for sustainable change.
Development of the Braves Science of Baseball curriculum for 6th – 8th grade levels which included 15 lessons that focused on different STEM concepts.
Hosted a Braves Science of Baseball teacher training for 25 teachers from Cobb County School District.
Provided a Braves Science of Baseball kit for every teacher.
Developed a web portal that included all of the lessons, worksheets and additional resources for teachers to use in the classroom.
Developed a planning packet that included 4 Braves themed projects.
Supported the student showcase in which schools attended a Braves game to discuss projects on the concourse.
Provided an evaluation and assessment for those teachers who attended the workshop.
Through the support from Comcast and the Atlanta Braves we were able to have the following impact through the Braves Science of Baseball Program:
4,000 students were impacted from the Braves Science of Baseball Program
25 teachers attended the workshop
8 schools from Cobb County School District participated in the program
Cobb County School District participating Schools:
Dickerson Middle School
Mabry Middle School
Dodgen Middle School
Griffin Middle School
Lost Mountain Middle School
Gooden Middle School
McClure Middle School
Simpson Middle School
Teacher Workshop – March 14, 2017:
This unique professional development opportunity provided teachers with a hands-on Braves Science of Baseball curriculum and all of the materials and classroom kits needed to implement this interactive curriculum into their classroom. A big thank you to Braves and Comcast for making this opportunity available to Cobb County teachers.
Schools that participated in the teacher workshop from Cobb County had the opportunity to attend the Braves game on May 20th to display the projects they had been working on over the past two months. During that two month period, Atlanta Braves representatives and players were able to visit the schools to see the implementation of the Braves Science of Baseball program.
An oversized wooden compass sits on the dusty baseball field. Three students stand next to it, holding a giant yellow slingshot pulled taut. The girl in the middle leans back, gaining traction, and releases, launching a tennis ball across the field at a perfect 45-degree angle.
They were among a dozen students from Mansfeld Magnet Middle School who took the field on Saturday, measuring ball trajectory and pitch velocity in a Science of Baseball camp.
Ricardo Valerdi, a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering, started the camp three years ago.
Launched in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball presented by Chase and Insight, is a series of programs and initiatives that promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The program provides a mechanism for elementary and middle school students to improve their academic performance. The goal is to translate the American love of baseball into an appreciation, understanding, and passion of the science and mathematics underlying the sport.
This season-long program aims to engage and empower students with a university research-based curriculum, designed with College Professor and STEM Expert Ricardo Valerdi. To date, more than 50,000 students, 500 teachers, and 300 schools have participated in the program.
The Arizona Diamondbacks provide free Science of Baseball teacher training sessions throughout the year. Teachers learn best practices on how to implement the program in their classroom. Teachers are also provided with the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball curriculum booklet and a supply kit. If you are interested in attending a teacher workshop register here.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, Chase, and Insight provide Science of Baseball day camps throughout the year to non-profit kids’ organizations. Camps include classroom lessons and on-field activities. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The D-backs Science of Baseball STEM Showcase presented by Chase and Insight will take place on September 22 during the D-backs vs. Miami Marlins game. The annual event looks to build upon the success of the 2016 STEM Showcase that featured over 40 participants showcasing STEM projects and initiatives throughout the ballpark.
The Arizona Diamondbacks host STEM Field Trip Days which allow students to engage in STEM related activities throughout the ballpark. STEM Field Trip Days also have educational programming highlighted by our D-backs Science of Baseball Show that teaches the math and science behind baseball.
As an additional benefit, each student/teacher/chaperone in attendance will receive TWO TICKETS to attend a future D-backs home game. Tickets will be mailed to your school after the field trip. For more information visit dbacks.com/education.