Join the D-backs in celebrating Juneteenth - the oldest nationally celebrated holiday that commemorates the ending of slavery, also known as Black Independence Day. In observance of Juneteenth, Friday, June 18, 2021 is a company holiday for the D-backs and all employees will use this day for education, reflection and celebration.
On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the Arizona Diamondbacks Black Professionals & Allies employee resource group will host an RBI Clinic with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, offering a free youth clinic in efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth.
Pilgrim Rest will join the D-backs the evening of Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Chase Field for a celebration featuring pregame recognitions for community leaders and organizations and more. Chase Field will feature a special food item this Saturday -- an authentic Fried Apple Pie recipe of Edna Lewis, a pioneer African American chef who was the first African American woman from the South to publish a cookbook that did not hide her name, gender or race.
- First Pitch: Reverend Dr. Terry E. Mackey
- Catcher: Buddy Strong of the Dave Matthews Band and former Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church keyboardist
- National Anthem: Nancy Taylor (Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church member)
- Lift Every Voice and Sing: Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Mass Choir