The Surprise Sundancers, founded in 2002, are the official Spring Training volunteer organization of the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and the City of Surprise. The Sundancers are a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that currently consists of over 750 members! The Sundancers also provide volunteer services at the Surprise Recreation Campus and other City Special Events. As a non-profit volunteer organization, the Surprise Sundancers raise charitable donations and receive contributions to support greater Surprise/Northwest Valley youth-related programs and projects, including the award winning Dream Catcher Park.
Donations Now Available
Many Sundancers and supporters have asked how they might be able to donate to increase the number of scholarships and grants given each year. A person wanting to donate can set their own amount whether it is a one-time donation or a recurring amount to support Sundancers scholarships in the future. All the details on donating to the Sundancers can be found on the Donate tab on the navigation menu. If you want to get a jump on a one-time donation you can click on this button below.
Sundancers Charity Game
The Charity game this year was held on March 11, 2019. The majority of the funds for the scholarships are raised at the annual Charity Game. The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers partner in this game where all the proceeds from the game and concessions go to the Sundancers for scholarships. At this game the Sundancers Board of Directors with Surprise Mayor Skip Hall presented a plaque titled "Thanks a Million" in recognition for the teams support of fund raising reaching the $1 Million mark this season.
Sundancers Scholarships for 2019
Introducing the 2019 Class of Sundancers Scholars. The 2019 Class as introduced on the field March 9, 2019 during a pregame ceremony. The Surprise Sundancers Board of Directors and Surprise Mayor Skip Hall and Councilman Chris Judd displayed a check for $213,000 representing the total of scholarships granted in 2019. A representative group of the recipients appeared on the field and was cheered by the crowd and their families that were in attendance. The Surprise Sundancers have reached the milestone of giving out more than $1,149,186 dollars of donations for the youth of the Northwest Valley since their inception. This round of scholarships will set a record for most total yearly scholarships with $213,750 going to 71 scholarship recipients. Fifty two new first year students sets a record for first year scholarships and seventeen of the new scholarship awards of the highest tier of $5,000 per year will be designated as Mark Coronado Scholarships in honor of the late Surprise leader and visionary. Total donations include scholarships and proceeds from the popular 50/50 Raffle that goes to local nonprofits serving youth in the area.
The Surprise Sundancers are a 501-C(3) non-profit organization established for the purpose of providing volunteer services to support the City of Surprise with regard to promoting, assisting and coordinating Major League Spring Training activities and other events conducted by the City. As a service organization, the Surprise Sundancers will provide volunteers for game day operations during Spring Training season, and at other times of the year, and raise funds and receive contributions to support charitable, youth-related activities and projects within the community.