Binsbacher informs Scottsdale Rotarians that Cactus League is a ‘home run’

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Bridget Binsbacher, Arizona Cactus League Association executive director, told the Rotary Club of Scottsdale that the organization is committed to continuing its work strengthening and promoting the industry while serving communities and contributing to an enjoyable “quality of life” in Arizona.

The first employee of the Arizona Cactus League Baseball Association, Ms. Binsbacher was a recent guest speaker at the Rotary’s luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s Pavilion.

She serves as vice mayor and councilmember for the City of Peoria, according to a press release

Ms. Binsbacher --- a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recipient in recognition of her “service above self” community service contributions --- was named one of 2016’s Who’s Who, Top Five Women in Business Leaders of Arizona.

In July 2019, AZ Business and AZRE magazines named Ms. Binsbacher among the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2019.

Since 1947, the Arizona Cactus League Association has consisted of members with “direct interest in the good of the league,” the release said.

The Association has provided a forum to share operation efficiencies, establish and nurture business relationships with respective Major League Baseball franchises and to facilitate and participate in activities to promote and fundraise for the Cactus League, according to the release.

Fifteen Major League baseball teams use Arizona for its spring training home. With 10 spring training facilities hosting the Major League Baseball teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area is considered to have the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the country.

The facilities offer volunteer opportunities and non-profit partnerships that generate meaningful contributions to various programs, charities and scholarships throughout the state, the release noted, adding that the Cactus League industry continues to grow and contributes an estimated $644 million annually to Arizona’s economy.

Ms. Binsbacher shared Cactus League 2017/2018 statistics:

  • 1,941,347 fans attended games (6 of 10 were from out of state);
  • 6,439 jobs paid $224.6 million; over 90,000 volunteer hours were shared by 1,944 volunteers;
  • the Cactus League organizations collectively raised over $2.6 million for charitable gifts; and
  • $319 million was generated in taxes.

Per an ASU W.P. Carey School of Business Study, the median spring training visitor stays four days in Arizona and the spends $405 per day, the release added.

Meanwhile, The Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests look forward to attending its annual spring baseball training game (Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants) and luncheon on March 2 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

See: scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 for more information.

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