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.
From 2016 through 2018 the Sundancers awarded $ 382,500 worth of scholarships to 89 West Valley youth. In addition 43 of those recipients were awarded an additional $ 107,500 worth of additional years of scholarships to help them complete their higher education pursuits. This added up to $490,000 of scholarships.
Individual initial scholarships were valued at $ 1,500 to $ 15,000 for each year and the follow-on yearly scholarships were valued at $ 2,500 per year. Scholarships for each year were $215,000 (2016), $135,000 (2017), $140,000 (2018) for a grand total of $490,000 in those three years.