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.


Sundancers Board President Jim Triggs Named President and CEO of National Nonprofit Money Management International

Congratulations go out to Jim Triggs, volunteer President of the Sundancers Board of Directors who has been named President and CEO of National Nonprofit Money Management International. 

In a news article on Yahoo Finance it was announced as: “Jim Triggs, Senior Vice President of Counseling and Support at Money Management International (MMI), has been named its next President and CEO. Over the last 22 years, Triggs has increased the accessibility and efficiency of MMI's core programs, leveraging emerging technology, unique collaboration, and proven best practices to empower more consumers in more places than ever before.

"I am honored to carry on the legacy of leadership at MMI, surrounded by others who are passionate about our mission to improve lives every day," said Triggs. "MMI will continue to innovate in the pursuit of programs and services that adapt to a changing consumer landscape and maximize the potential of our talented employees to serve America's most pressing financial challenges."

Triggs was chosen by MMI's Board of Directors after an exhaustive search of both internal and external candidates. He will continue to be based from MMI's largest contact center in Phoenix, where he also volunteers as President and chairman of the board of the Surprise Sundancers, a local nonprofit supporting youth-focused programs.”

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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.

50/50 Raffle Grants Announced

Surprise Sundancers Board of Directors announce the recipients of the 50/50 Raffle grants for 2019. Today, May 9, 2019 the Board announced the following recipients of grants from the proceeds of the 50/50 Raffle held at each game of Spring Training in Surprise Stadium. The grants were delivered today at a morning reception.
50/50 Raffle Grant Recipients
Congratulations to:
Dysart Education Association
Dysart's Rachel's Challenge
Employed and Overjoyed (Spencer's Place)
Morristown Federated Woman's Club
Muscular Dystrophy Association
NYS Predators Youth Football
Surprise Fire Aisles for Smiles
Surprise Police Department Explorers
Surprise Sundancers
Surprise Young Life
The First Tee of Phoeonix
West Valley Mavericks
Wickenburg Conservation Foundation
The First Tee of Phoenix
Each of the recipients applied to Sundancers on a form describing how their nonprofit organization serves the Surprise area youth with services and programs.

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.

By the Numbers Feb 2019
Presenting the 2019 Class of Sundancers Scholars
Sundancer Scholars 2018
Presenting Sundancer Scholars of 2018
Smiling Usher Division
Ticketing Captains
Smiles at the Pass Gate

Mission Statement

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.

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