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 Xfinity encourages students in grades Pre-K through 8th grade to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day to improve literacy skills. Registrants receive incentives for their students and a book and wall cling for the classroom. Top performing classrooms could receive a literacy visit from the Phanatic!
Teacher Appreciation Night
The Phillies will celebrate area educators during the 19th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation on Friday, May 3 vs. Washington Nationals at 7:05 pm. This fun evening honors educators who are making a difference in the region.
All-Star Teachers Contest
The Phillies will honor great educators in the region who are making a difference on May 3, 2019, during the 19th annual Teacher Appreciation Night powered by Constellation. Each year, the Phillies select 10 area teachers, nominated by current and former students, parents and peers, to honor as All-Star Teachers. Now through March 15, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. ET, you can nominate a teacher, past or present, who has positively impacted your life.
All-Star Students Contest
The Phillies want to honor students who are going above and beyond on Wednesday, May 15, during the second annual All-Star Student Night. The Phillies will select five Pre-K-12 students in the region, nominated by their teachers, to honor as All-Star Students. Now through March 15, 2019 at 4:59 p.m. ET, teachers can nominate a student who deserves to be celebrated.
Lesson Plan Contest
The Phillies asked area educators to share their Phillies-themed lesson plans. Winners presented their lessons at the Teacher Workshop powered by ENGIE on May 7, 2018.
The Phillies hosted the annual Teacher Workshop powered by ENGIE on May 7, 2018 at Citizens Bank Park and presented the 2018 Educational Pamphlet.
Science Festival Day
The Phillies celebrated science, and in particular the science of baseball during the eighth annual Philadelphia Science Festival Day at the ballpark on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Children of all ages were invited to explore and take part in fun science activities throughout the concourse.
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.
Weather Education Day
The Phillies, Citizens Bank and NBC10/Telemundo62 teammed up for the fourth annual Weather Education Day at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, May 10. It was 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.
2019 Breaking Barriers Essay Contest
Each year, April 15 marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947. Honoring this important event, the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for diverse students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson's Nine Values to face their own barriers.