The Phillies players take pride in their on-field accomplishments but they are equally as proud of the positive work that they are doing to give back to the community. Each year individual players take part in special meet and greets both at Citizens Bank Park and in the community.
Many players host their own ticketing program that allows them to meet with deserving organizations. Others have their own foundations to support causes close to their hearts.
We invite you to learn about what the Phillies players are doing to give back to the community that gives so much to them.
In 2008, Cole and his wife Heidi founded The Hamels Foundation with a focus on enhancing academic opportunities for children in Philadelphia, across the United States and internationally. Their hope is that through their foundation the lives of children will be enriched by giving them the tools to achieve their goals. They also support Home Aid for Africa, a local organization which works to alleviate the suffering of HIV/AIDS patients in Africa.
The Foundation focuses much of their attention on aiding Philadelphia public schools and thus far have given more than $660,000 in grants to over 20 deserving schools.
To aid in their fundraising efforts the Hamels Foundation hosts a variety of events.
The Hamels annually host a Diamonds & Denim event which has thus far raised over $1 million. On August 27, 2012 Cole and Heidi Hamels along with over 750 attendees came out to the Crystal Tea Room sporting their favorite denim attire and sparkly jewelry to benefit local Philadelphia schools and the promotion of education in Malawi, Africa. The guests included corporate sponsors, celebrities, professional athletes and reality stars who enjoyed a night of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by a three course dinner. The night featured a live and silent auction and a private concert from John Legend! In addition, all guests had the opportunity to win designer jeans or diamond jewelry from Benari Jewelers. The 2013 event was held on Thursday, August 15. Watch Now
Cole and Heidi Hamels hosted "Cole's Cookout" on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida after the Phillies-Pirates Spring Training game.
Fans in attendance enjoyed a BBQ dinner and a special meet-and-greet with Cole along with several of his teammates and coaches.
In an effort to instill lessons about science and technology as well as teaching the children of Bayard Taylor Elementary School about teamwork and physical education the Hamels Foundation unveiled a completely renovated and environmentally green play yard for the 565 students in grades K-5 who currently attend the school. The new play yard replaces an area that resembled a flat parking lot where the North Philadelphia school students used to play. On August 8th, the Hamels along with over 100 community volunteers unveiled the $300,000 brand new state-of-the-art playground which included a greenhouse, an iPad /tech learning center, chess/checkerboard station and soccer field. The Foundation believes the investment in Bayard Taylor will create a friendly environment where children can develop social and academic skills to build upon throughout their lives.
On June 1, 2012, the Hamels Foundation announced plans to help renovate Bayard Taylor Elementary School.
Cole Hamels established a charitable ticket program called Hamels' Heroes in 2011 to provide U.S. Military Veterans and their guests with Phillies game tickets, concession coupons and T-Shirts. Several groups will have the unique opportunity to watch batting practice on the field.
Cole and wife Heidi created Hamels' Heroes as a show of appreciation to all the servicemen and women who sacrifice each day to protect our freedom.
Hamels was awarded the Phillies Community Service Award in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding charitable contributions. He also was the Phillies award recipient for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009.
Ryan Howard and his wife Krystle are proud to announce the The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to improve the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development. Their goal is to engage students in the essential area of literacy, leading them on a path to a brighter future.
This fall, they will pilot a literacy program in a Philadelphia public elementary school and will provide the "Missing Piece," a resource that is needed at the school. In order to earn the "Missing Piece" students will complete the Foundation's reading program.
To help raise funds for The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation, the Howards hosted their inaugural Stand Up for Literacy event at The Franklin Institute on Monday, July 29. This red carpet event included a cocktail reception, plated dinner, a live and silent auction, as well as live music and comedy entertainment.
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Ryan Howard introduced Howard's Sluggers a new ticket program for children participating in PAL (Police Athletic League). Howard meets with the children prior to batting practice and provides game tickets, T-Shirts and concessions.
Ryan was the 2011 Phillies Community Service Award winner and the local Roberto Clemente Jr. Award recipient.
Ryan received an Honorary Badge from the Philadelphia Police Athletic League during "PAL Night at the Phillies" in August 2008, recognizing his community service.
In 2013, Kyle Kendrick launched his charitable ticket program called Kendrick's Krew. Kyle purchases game tickets, t-shirts and meets with children and adults living with autism and down syndrome.
In 2012 Kendrick supported the Phillies annual Teacher Appreciation Night and presented his favorite teacher Arlene Moore with an award.
During the 2011 season Kyle Kendrick became involved with the March of Dimes whose focus in on improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Kyle hosted 14-year old Jake Koerner of Mt. Laurel, NJ and his family at a Phillies game providing a behind the scenes tour where he brought Jake into the batting cages to meet some of his favorite Phillies. Kendrick presented Jake with a Shining Stars award at their annual banquet.
Cliff Lee each season hosts Lee's VIPs to bring deserving children and patients from local organizations to a game. Lee provides tickets, T-shirts and food concessions.
Lee made a $1 million donation, in honor of their son Jaxon, to Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) to fund an endowed chair in pediatric hematology/oncology. Jaxon battled cancer (acute myeloid leukemia -AML) at ACH as an infant.
John Mayberry, Jr. spoke to members of the Phillies Jr. RBI and RBI Leagues about his workout regimen and what he does to stay healthy.
Each year the Phillies hold their annual Home Run Derby baseball and softball hitting contest for children ages 7-12 years old. Over 22,000 children participate with the top hitters advancing through local and regional competition to reach the championship at Citizens Bank Park. Mayberry presented the top three finishers in each division with their trophy.
Jonathan Papelbon supports Philadelphia youth through his Papelbon's Pen program.
Launched in 2012, Jonathan welcomes local children's groups to games, provides them with tickets, concessions, t-shirts and the opportunity to watch batting practice on the field.
The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation strives to help children and young adults living with arthritis by providing funds and awareness about the disease.
The Foundation also supports families that are struggling financially to help their children participate in extracurricular activities.
Following the success of "Havana Nights" in 2011, and a "Night in Paris" in 2012, the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation will this year hosted "Harlem Nights" on Thursday, June 20 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Union Transfer.
Attendees headed back in time to 1920s Harlem with Jimmy and Johari Rollins as they dined and danced the evening away while raising funds and awareness for the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation. Guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening of live jazz music, delicious dishes prepared by legendary chef Jose Garces as well as a special performance by celebrity dancers from ABC's hit show, Dancing With the Stars. There was a live and silent auction.
Rollins and his wife, Johari, spoke on the red carpet about the group's importance. Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania works in collaboration with various local and statewide efforts to develop an approach to child-abuse prevention. Johari first became aware of the group when she met a board member two years ago.
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For the past eight seasons the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation has hosted their Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament to help raise funds to benefit the foundation and juvenile arthritis. Since its inception the event has raised over $1 million.
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Rollins developed JRoll's Aces in 2007 to reward children in disadvantaged areas excelling in the classroom. Jimmy meets with groups on field during batting practice, answeres questions and signs autographs.
He also provides each participant with a game ticket, T-shirt and food voucher.
Since 2002, Jimmy honors top readers for their dedication to literacy during the summer months. In July 2010 he welcomed 50 top readers, dubbed JRoll's Readers, from the Philadelphia Reads Summer Reading program. Jimmy shared with students that his favorite book is Robinson Crusoe because when reading it he felt like he was on an adventure.
Jimmy annually helps the Phillies salute Jackie Robinson's legacy as well as honors the surviving members of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League team.
Carlos Ruiz introduced Chooch's Chicos in 2012 to invite children from local Latino organizations to a game. Ruiz meets with each group, provide tickets, T-Shirts and concessions.
Ruiz is a supporter of Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students.
Since 2010 he has acted as host of their annual "Get in the Game" charity bowling tournament which raises funds program's Sponsor-A-Scholar program that helps low-income students achieve their dream of a college education.
The Utley Foundation was established to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty.
Our mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.
Chase and Jen Utley hosted the 6th annual Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night after the game on May 15. Several of Chase's teammates joined him to help raise awareness and support the Pennsylvania SPCA. Chase and Jen established The Utley Foundation to bring awareness to animal cruelty and educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.
In 2011, The Utley Foundation, the Pennsylvania SPCA and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program began a tradition of inviting students to help design murals that incorporate the theme of preventing animal abuse.
On May 30, Chase Utley and his wife Jennifer were joined by students at Universal Vare Charter Middle School to announce the creation of a third mural in their series, "Be Kind to Animals." The murals are created in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Utleys will collaborate with artist David Gunn on this year's mural. It will be painted on the Care Recreation Facility at 2600 Morris Street in Philadelphia and will help promote the proper care and treatment of animals.
On September 27, 2012, the Utleys dedicated their second annual "Be Kind to Animals" themed mural, presented by the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and the Utley Foundation. The mural, which promotes the proper care and treatment of animals, is located at McVeigh Recreation Center in Philadelphia.
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In 2011 the invited students of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School to participate in poster, essay, and photo contests that asked children to express feelings and personal stories about animals. Winners from each contest had their image incorporated into the "kindness to animals" themed mural which was designed by artist Willis Humphrey and unveiled on June 7, 2011 on a wall at 22nd and Dauphin Streets.
Utley, as part of his Chase's Champs program, annually spends close to $20,000 to purchase season tickets to benefit patients from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital.
Since 2006 Chase has served as the chairman of the Phillies Jr. RBI/RBI Leagues which provide at risk children with the opportunity to play both baseball and softball.
Chase has met with participants to give baseball tips, answer questions and help hand out gloves to those without one.
He has also helped grant the wishes of several children suffering from serious illness, by meeting them through the through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Chase has also supported Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students.