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 Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching
February 1, 2020 -- The deadline for 2020 round of Sundancers Scholarship applications is February 14, 2020. Only two weeks away! All application forms and supporting documentation is required to be delivered to the Arizona Community Foundation by the deadline.
The Sundancers Board of Directors sub-committee on Scholarships will meet the week of February 17th to evaluate and score the applications. The 2020 Sundancers Scholars will be introduced to the public on March 17, 2020 during a pre-game ceremony at the 6:05 pm game.
Sundancer Scholarship application process is OPEN!
The Sundancer scholarship application process opened on January 1, 2020. The application process is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) for the Surprise Sundancers. The deadline for acceptance of applications is February 14, 2020. No applications will be accepted after that date.
Changes to promote equity and inclusion
Good news, the scholarship application process at ACF will no longer require reference letters as part of our general application and will now include a blind review process, beginning with the 2020 scholarship cycle. These updates are part of our effort to expand our reach to all students across the state and better protect student information.
On average, Arizona high schools have 1 counselor for every 905 students. Students who attend schools with a higher ratio of students to school counselors often face more challenges in gathering reference letters than their peers. We believe that removing the reference letter requirement will improve access to the scholarship application process, especially for high school seniors.
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. The 2019 round of scholarships 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 were designated as Mark Coronado Scholarships in honor of the late Surprise leader and visionary.
Charity game will be opening day
The Surprise Sundancers Board of Directors has announced that this years Charity Game will be on Opening Day February 21, 2020. The Charity Game is the primary fund raising source for Sundancers scholarships. The Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers have designated this game's proceeds to go to the Sundancers for their scholarship fund.
All Sundancers are urged to tell their friends and family about the game and urge them to attend. The proceeds of ticket sales and concessions will go directly to the Sundancers scholarship fund. More details about the game and how we can encourage a full stadium will be announced in December.
Major League Baseball announces 2020 Spring Training schedule, games start 2/21/2020 at Surprise Stadium
Attention all Sundancers: Major League Baseball has released the 2020 Cactus League Spring Training schedule. Opening Day in Surprise, Arizona is set for Friday, February 21 with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at 1:05 pm in Surprise Stadium.
Surprise’s home teams – the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers – are scheduled to compete against all teams in the Cactus League for a full slate of 30 games this season. Game times, theme nights, promotions, and television coverage will be announced in the coming months.
Online tickets sales open Saturday, October 19 for season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages. An online pre-sale for individual game tickets begins Saturday, November 16. All online tickets will be available for purchase at SurpriseStadium.com.
Specialty Group packages will also be available beginning October 19 and can be purchased by calling the Surprise Stadium at 623.222.2222.
The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales beginning Saturday, January 4.
The Surprise Stadium game schedule is as follows:
21-Feb Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm Charity Game
22-Feb Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers -1:05 pm
23-Feb Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
24-Feb San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
25-Feb Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
26-Feb Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
27-Feb Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
28-Feb San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
29-Feb Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
1-Mar Oakland A's vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
2-Mar Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
3-Mar Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals - 6:05 pm
4-Mar Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
5-Mar Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
6-Mar Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
7-Mar Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
8-Mar Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
9-Mar Oakland A's vs. Texas Rangers - 6:05 pm
10-Mar Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
11-Mar San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
12-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
13-Mar Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers - 6:05 pm Scholarships Introduction & Reception
14-Mar Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
15-Mar Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
16-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
17-Mar Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals - 6:05 pm
18-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals - 1:05 pm
19-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
20-Mar Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers - 1:05 pm
21-Mar Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals - 12:05 pm
Countdown to Opening Day
February 21, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers
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.
Why should you donate to the Surprise Sundancers? All donations are used to supplement the scholarship fund. If you are a Sundancer or a Sundancer Board member or the parent or recipient of a Sundancers scholarship in years past, your donation will provide additional funds to be used for scholarships in the future. It is a win-win for everybody. We urge you to donate to the Surprise Sundancers.
50/50 Raffle Grants Announced
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.