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.
Be a 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. Register now to receive pencils, bookmarks and posters to use as incentives. Top performing classrooms could receive a literacy visit from the Phanatic!
Each year the Phillies create a 16-page educational booklet that adheres to core standards. This year's PHIL-UP WITH KNOWLEDGE booklet examines the history of Phillies' baseball, introduce students to the diverse background of Phillies' players, happenings at the ballpark and much more.
Sign up now to receive the Phil-Up With Knowledge booklet. The booklet is available in both e-booklet and print form.
Each month during the 2015 baseball season, the Phillies will honor area high school sophomores and juniors as Extraordinary Scholars of the Month.
Students must maintain a 3.0/B average (or equivalent) and submit an essay explaining how they are bettering their community through service.
The Phillies held a Lesson Plan Contest asking area educators to share their Phillies themed lesson plans. Grand Prize Winner Christina Beri and Honorable Mentions Diana Haas, Linda Hagarty, Dayna Silver and Monica Marino shared their plans at the Phillies annual Teacher Workshop held this year on March 31.
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.
Those participating in the program can also take advantage of a ticket discount offer to the Wednesday, August 26, 2015 Phillies Phitness Night presented by NovaCare Rehabilitation.
The 15th annual Teacher Appreciation Night presented by Think Energy and GDF SUEZ Energy Resources honored area educators for their hard work for and dedication to their students. Students, parents and peers could nominate a teacher making a difference.
On April 25 during the 7:05 p.m. game against the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies celebrated science with the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival Night at the Ballpark presented by Dow. Science exhibits lined the concourse and students visited each station to earn stamps. Those who collected five stamps received a Science Night water bottle.
The Phillies Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest asked teachers to submit a description of sustainability efforts in their classroom. The winning teacher was recognized on field prior to the Wednesday, April 22 7:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins when the Phillies celebrated sustainability during Red Goes Green Night presented by Citizens Bank. The winning classroom was also treated to complimentary tickets to the game.
The Phillies and NBC10 held the inaugural Citizens Bank Weather Education Day at Citizens Bank Park prior to the Phillies Thursday, May 14 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The NBC10 First Alert Weather team provided an educational experience that will be followed by the Phillies game. This field trip experience provided a great day of learning and fun!
Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is a baseball-themed character education program developed 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.
For the 19th year the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest provides an opportunity for diverse students across the country in grades 4 through 9 to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson to deal with those obstacles.
All essays must be submitted by March 13, 2015 and more information on how to submit can be found at scholastic.com/breakingbarriers.
In May 2014, the Phillies joined forces with Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson, to celebrate fourth grader Peter Zucca as a Breaking Barriers essay winner. Peter, who was diagnosed with cancer at 10-months old shared how he overcame first cancer, then a leg that would not grow as a result of the treatments and later a tumor in that same leg that led to the leg's amputation above the knee. Despite all of that, Peter persevered and aspires to one day be the first one-legged baseball player.