On Friday, April 5, high school students - and their parents and teachers - are invited to go behind-the-scenes with the Phillies and find out what it's like to work for a major league baseball team at this exclusive pre-game event!
- Hear from a Phillies player, who will speak to students about their high school and major league experience
- Learn from Phillies executives as they discuss what it's like to work for a major league baseball team, and the career path they took to get there, during a panel discussion in the Phillies Media Room. Event is moderated by Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs. Speakers include: Kenny Johnson, Manager, Community Engagement, The Phillies; Robb Kazenski, Manager, Group Sales; Alex Nakahara, Senior Quantitative Analyst, The Phillies and Danielle Skowronek, Coordinator, Advertising.
- Meet and take selfies with 1993 National League Champion and Phillies Ambassador Mickey Morandini. Plus, take photos of the 2008 and 1980 World Series Trophies and meet the Phillies Ballgirls!
- Cheer on the Phillies with a ticket to that night's game against the Minnesota Twins with seating in Sections 241-245.
- Ticket price includes $12 worth of concession credit that can be redeemed throughout the ballpark for food, beverage and/or merchandise.
To order tickets (subject to availability), click on the "Buy Now" button below and enter the password: HIGHSCHOOL
- Check-in, as well as photos with the World Series Trophies, begins at 4 p.m. The panel program officially starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Phillies-Twins game at 7:05 p.m.
- Registration is $30 per person, with a maximum of 200 students for the event.
- Students are urged to ask questions throughout the session and encouraged to tweet them in advance to @Phillies using #HighSchoolSeries.
As Manager of Community Engagement, Kenny Johnson works in conjunction with the Phillies Outreach, Events and Sales Departments to plan and promote outreach and community focused events at the Ballpark and around the city, as well as to keep the Phillies connected with Philadelphia's diverse communities. He also assists with the Phillies front office recruitment efforts and manages the Phillies high school internship program. Kenny currently serves on the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball Auction Committee, the PHL Diversity Advisory Board and the PNAA Youth Sports & Education Fund Committee.
Prior to his current position, Kenny was involved in the planning and implementation of many programs during the season that are geared towards evolving baseball fans. These programs range from Phillies Coaches' Clinics and the Phillies Baseball Academy for kids, to high school and collegiate showcase tournaments for teens and young adults, to Batting Challenges and mini-Fantasy Camps for corporate sponsors. He has also overseen the operations of the Phillies Fan Clubs and managed its staff of game day employees.
Kenny started with the Phillies while still in high school in 1999, serving as both an intern in the Outreach Department and a game day employee for the Phillies Fan Clubs. While attending Villanova University the following years, he continued his office internship at the Phillies during each of his summers off from school.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kenny continues to reside in his native city.
Robb Kazenski is in his 16th year with the Phillies and is part of the Group Sales team. His main responsibilities include group room sales, customer service, staff training, interviewing prospective staff, and serving as a Business Analytics super-user.
Robb graduated from University of Colorado (B.A. Economics '02) and Saint Joseph's University (M.B.A. '11); while attending school, he played club volleyball.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Robb and his wife Greta currently live in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia with their daughter Reya. He is an assistant coach for the St. Joseph's Prep volleyball team.
Alex Nakahara joined the Phillies in 2017 as a Senior Quantitative Analyst, creating analyses and tools for understanding and visualizing data for the Baseball Operations department.
He previously worked for four years at Northrop Grumman as a systems engineer in a variety of roles including as the lead researcher for several air traffic control research and development projects.
Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from the Episcopal Academy in 2006. He received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and a MS from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2012.
Danielle Skowronek graduated from Syracuse University in 2015 with a double major in Marketing & Management. While at Syracuse, she became the first female head manager for the men's basketball program, travelling across the country with the team. After school, she worked at a media agency in New York City on a national brand before finding her way back to Philadelphia.
As the Advertising Coordinator for the Phillies, she oversees the creation of the branding campaign for each season, building of the media plan and execution of media assets throughout the season.
Scott is involved in various aspects with the Phillies including media relations, fan relations and advertising. He also hosts the W.B. Mason Behind the Pinstripes, a weekly show that airs a half hour before every Sunday game on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Prior to joining the club, Scott was an anchor and sportscaster at WPVI-6ABC in Philadelphia for over 24 years.
In 2016, Scott was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, which honors the lifetime sports contributions of Pennsylvanians. Scott is also a proud member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
Mickey Morandini is in his second year as a club ambassador with the Phillies. He had spent the previous two years with the team as first base coach and baserunning instructor.
Prior to joining the major league staff, Mickey spent five years in the Phillies minor league system as a coach for triple-A Lehigh Valley and double-A Reading and manager for single-A Lakewood and single-A Williamsport. He also spent four years as head coach for the Valparaiso High School varsity baseball team.
A 1995 National League All-Star, Mickey played nine of his 11 major league seasons with the Phillies and was a member of the 1993 NL Champions. He ranks fourth in Phillies history in most games played at second base (926) and was the recipient of the Paul Owens Award in 1989 as the best player in the Phillies minor league system. Mickey was originally selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 1988 draft out of Indiana University.
Born in Leechburg, Pa., Mickey and his wife Peg currently live in Glen Mills, Pa., with their three sons, Jordan, Griffin and Michael.