The multi-site Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy is comprised of both outdoor and indoor facilities to provide free, year-round instruction to the more than 8,000 Phillies Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) players in Philadelphia. The Ryan Howard Training Center at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia is a new 7,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art training center added to the existing recreation and includes four retractable batting cages similar to those at the Phillies minor league spring training site in Clearwater, Fla.
The new center also includes space for fitness training, educational and vocational programs. In addition to this new facility, the academy consists of an outdoor location at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia with two baseball fields and two softball fields. The Philadelphia Area Chevy Dealers are a proud sponsor of the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy.
America at Bat: The Color of Baseball is an educational piece that asks those utilizing the curriculum to examine, critically think about and understand the history of the Negro Leagues. The curriculum allows for an understanding of what was taking place in the United States, and at times, internationally, while the Negro Leagues were in existence.
On Wednesday, January 11, the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy played host to a baseball clinic instructed by several Phillies minor league prospects. Children from the Phillies RBI program were in attendance to go over fundamental drills for pitching, fielding and hitting. Minor league players in attendance were Jorge Alfaro, Drew Anderson, Victor Arano, Dylan Cozens, Elniery Garcia, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Nick Pivetta, Andrew Pullin, and Jesmuel Valentin.
The new Phillies Urban Youth Academy was formally unveiled on July 21, 2016, and it was announced that the facility will be called the Ryan Howard Training Center. The 7,500-square-foot training center was added to the existing Marian Anderson Recreation Center, and it includes four retractable batting cages, plus space for fitness training, educational and vocational programs. It will be utilized by more than 8,000 boys and girls.