Education and literacy are at the forefront of the Phillies' community efforts. Using baseball to teach in fun and innovative ways, the Phillies have developed programs and partnered with various organizations to provide teachers, students and parents exciting ways to enhance the learning experience.
Learn below how you can take advantage of a variety of free Phillies educational programs.
Phanatic About Reading
Phanatic About Reading, presented by Comcast encourages students in grades K-8 to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day to improve literacy skills. Registrants receive pencils for their students and a book and wall cling for the classroom. Top performing classrooms could receive a literacy visit from the Phanatic!
Phillies Phitness presented by NovaCare Rehabilitation encourages children of all ages to start on the path to a healthy future through exercise and smart food choices. Physical education teachers and after-school program leaders can sign their classes up to receive a tips booklet, posters and the chance to receive a Phitness Session from the Phillies and NovaCare Rehabilitation trainers.
Teacher Appreciation Night
The Phillies celebrated area educators during the 17th annual Teacher Appreciation Night presented by ENGIE on Friday, May 5 vs. the Washington Nationals.
Ten winners (both teacher and nominator) received two complimentary tickets and participated in an awards ceremony prior to the Phillies game on May 5.
Science Festival Day
The Phillies celebrated science, and in particular the science of baseball during the seventh annual Philadelphia Science Festival Day at the ballpark on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Children of all ages were invited to explore and take part in fun science activities throughout the concourse. Those who complete the activities received a special prize!
In January 2001, the Phillies launched Phillies Phundamentals, an after-school/summer camp program for children 6-12 years old that uses baseball to teach and reinforce academic skills. Through a partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation, Phillies Phundamentals initially launched in five recreation centers throughout Philadelphia.
The Phillies Explorers program, open to high school boys and girls, allows students the opportunity to attend sessions once a month throughout the winter at the ballpark and hear from different Phillies employees.
Weather Education Day
The Phillies, Citizens Bank and NBC10/Telemundo62 partnered for the third annual Weather Education Day, held at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, May 10 when the Phillies hosted the Seattle Mariners. It is the ultimate field trip experience.
The Center City skyline received a major league makeover in August, 2015. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Phillies joined forces on a Center City mural celebrating the history of the Philadelphia Phillies - the oldest, continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports.
Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is a baseball-themed character education program developed by Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson, in conjunction with Major League Baseball and Scholastic Inc. Using America's sport, baseball, as the metaphor for life, the curriculum is based on the values demonstrated by barrier breaker Jackie Robinson: Citizenship, Commitment, Courage, Determination, Excellence, Integrity, Justice, Persistence, Teamwork.
On Monday, May 15, the Phillies hosted the annual Teacher Workshop powered by ENGIE at Citizens Bank Park from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The Workshop was designed to help teachers integrate the 2017 Educational Pamphlet into their classroom.
Lesson Plan Contest
The Phillies asked area educators to share their Phillies-themed lesson plans. Five winners (one Grand Prize Winner and four First Prize winners) were selected to present at the May 15, 2017 Teacher Workshop powered by ENGIE and received tickets to a future Phillies game.