Fan Fest

Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks

By Zakkary Brog

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in the business of creating lifelong memories.

The snakes will continue by teaming with Super Star Car Wash to host youth baseball camps at Chase Field this summer.

Kids between the ages of 7 and 12 are eligible to participate, and registration is open. The half-day camps — which will focus on hitting, throwing and catching — are Saturday, June 18, Sunday, July 23, and Saturday, September 17.

D-backs will make special appearances. So far, fan favorite the Freight Train, David Peralta, will attend the June 18 camp.

“The players enjoy this,” Diamondbacks President and Chief Executive Officer Derrick Hall says.

“Especially someone like David, who interacts really well with kids. He went to Wickenburg for a Little League game, was a manager for both teams, and threw out the first pitch.

“He goes to schools, visits kids and goes to hospitals. So, this is right up his alley. He’s already mentioned to us how excited he is. I’m sure that the rest of our players would be equally as excited and want to be a part of it as well.”

Hall is excited to partner with Super Star Car Wash for the camps.

“With all of our partners, we want to make sure that they align with us when it comes to the same philosophies of how we treat our customers, our fans, or how we treat our employees and how we care about the community,” Hall says. “When we talked to Super Star, it was very clear they agree with us. They want to make a difference in the community.”

Hall is proud to give Valley children an experience that they’ll never forget.

“We’re in the business of creating lifelong memories,” Hall says. “That’s what this is. Most children will never have a chance to play on a major league field. To have a major league team in your state, and to be able to play on that field, is unique.”

Campers will receive customized gifts, an autograph and group photo from a celebrity coach, and tickets to the evening Diamondbacks game on the same day as the camp.

The partnership is Super Star Car Wash’s first with a major professional sports organization. Executive Vice President Jonathan Kierman is a lifelong baseball fan.

“I was here when the team came to Arizona,” he says. “I remember the excitement here about having a major league baseball team in the city. I was also here when the Diamondbacks won the World Series. What an exciting thing that happened to transform the city. When you think about just the major league sports teams that are here, it’s been our only championship.

“So, to be partnered with the Diamondbacks is fantastic from our perspective. The way that they have the organization and the leadership, Derrick Hall, and what he’s done with that club, it really made a lot of sense for us. We really believe, you know, in the values that they have, which really aligned with Super Star Car Wash. I think it was a no-brainer. It really was when we were looking at making the decision to partner with Diamondbacks.”

Like Hall, Kierman is also a strong proponent of baseball’s ability to create memories. Kierman, a native New Yorker, grew up a Yankees fan. He attended the 2000 World Series between the Yankees and Mets.

Kierman recalls the look on his father’s face when the final out was recorded and the Yankees clinched the championship. It’s a special memory for Kierman, and he hopes campers have similar feelings.

“It’s those stories that really shape who you are,” Kierman says.

“To be able to give that opportunity to today’s youth, they’ll never forget that. It’s really interesting, because I was at the first event. I love to go and attend these things to watch the looks on these kids’ faces when they have a chance to not just be given a glove, a shirt and a hat, but to actually stand out on the diamond and get taught the fundamentals of the game by professional baseball players.

“That night, we were at the game itself and the group was recognized. We were talking about it with some of the parents and they’re like, ‘These kids will never forget this their entire lives.’ … They’ll be 30 to 40 years later telling their kids, ‘I had a chance to meet David Peralta, and he taught me how to throw a ball.’”