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! On May 30, the Phanatic will celebrate Comcast Be a Phanatic About Reading Night by honoring readers from the program, all fans 14 and under will receive the newest book in his children's series and a book collection benefiting PHILADELPHIA READS will take place at all gates. Discounted tickets are available.
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. Register now to become part of Phillies Phitness.
Additionally, Wednesday, August 27 will be Phillies Phitness Day and ticket discounts are available.
Each year the Phillies create a 16-page educational booklet. This year's HOMEWork It Out booklet looks forward to the 2014 season while honoring the past 10 years at Citizens Bank Park.
It will be released on April 3 and is available in both e-booklet and print form. Educators can learn how to incorporate HOMEWork It Out into their classroom by attending a workshop on April 3 at Citizens Bank Park. You must register to receive the educational booklet as well as for the workshop.
The Phillies Lesson Plan Contest asks educators to share how they are incorporating the Phillies into their classroom.
One Grand Prize and four Honorable Mention winners will be selected to have their lessons published on phillies.com and to share their plans at the Phillies April 3 HOMEWork It Out workshop.
The Phillies Red Goes Green Sustainability Initiative Contest asks teachers to submit a description of sustainability efforts in their classroom. Whether it's recycling, an anti-litter program or composting, share what you are doing to teach your students about how to care for the environment.
The winning teacher will be recognized on field before the Thursday, April 17 game when the Phillies will be celebrating sustainability during Red Goes Green Day during the Citizens Bank Businessperson's Special. The winning classroom will also be treated to complimentary tickets to the game.
On April 29, the Phillies are partnering with the Philadelphia Science Festival to celebrate the science in sport with the fourth annual Science Night at the Ballpark.
Science exhibits will be featured throughout the ballpark and students can visit each station to earn stamps. Collect five stamps and receive a Science Night water bottle. Pre and post Science Day curriculum is available as are ticket discounts.
Teacher Appreciation Night presented by GDF SUEZ honors area educators for their hard work for and dedication to their students. If you have/had a teacher who has positively impacted your life nominate him/her as a 2014 Phillies Teacher All-Star!
Ten teachers will be honored as all stars prior to the May 2 Phillies game, twenty will be named honorable mentions and all those nominated will receive a special certificate. Ticket discounts are available for the night and educators receive a tote bag when they check-in at the Phillies Teacher kiosk with their school id.
The Phillies and Cabrini College are honoring area high school sophomores and juniors as Extraordinary Scholars throughout the season.
Students must maintain a 3.0/B average (or equivalent) and submit an essay explaining how they are bettering their community through service.