Phillies Educational Programs

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, bookmarks and wall clings to use as incentives. Top performing classrooms could receive a literacy visit from the Phanatic!

For information on how to register, email community@phillies.com.

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Phillies Phitness

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.

For more information on how to register, email community@phillies.com.

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Teacher Appreciation Night

The Phillies are celebrating 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) will receive two complimentary tickets and will participate in an awards ceremony prior to the Phillies game on May 5.

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Science Festival Day

The Phillies will celebrate science, and in particular the science of baseball, with the seventh annual Philadelphia Science Festival Day at the ballpark on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Children of all ages are invited to explore and take part in fun science activities throughout the concourse. Those who complete the activities will receive a special prize!

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Phillies Phundamentals

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.

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Weather Education Day

The Phillies, Citizens Bank and NBC10/Telemundo62 partnered for the second annual Weather Education Day, which was held at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, May 18 when the Phillies hosted the Miami Marlins. It was the ultimate field trip experience.

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Breaking Barriers

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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.

The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for diverse students in grade 4–9 to share their personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers. Contest Deadline: March 14, 2017.

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Teacher Workshop

On Monday, May 9, the Phillies hosted their annual Teacher Workshop. Held at Citizens Bank Park from 4:30-6:00 p.m., the Workshop helped teachers integrate the 2016 Educational Pamphlet into their classroom. Educators received copies of the pamphlet for their classrooms at the Workshop.

Extraordinary Scholars

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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 9, 2016 Teacher Workshop. Winners received entrance for two to the pregame Tent Party with dinner and two game tickets to the Friday, May 13, 2016 ENGIE Teacher Appreciation Night.