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.
Today Phillies Phundamentals runs in over 20 locations reaching approximately 2,500 children annually.
Phillies Phundamentals is broken into two school-year sessions -- fall and spring -- and a summer session. During the school year, Phillies Phundamentals is held at each location one day a week for approximately one hour after school. The after-school programs tend to have children who range in age from 6-12 years old, therefore lessons have to be constructed in such a manner that they can appeal to and educate a variety of ages.
The summer session of Phillies Phundamentals, the program is run in conjunction with the summer camp at each site. Like the school year session, the summer session runs one day a week for approximately one hour. However, since summer camps are broken into age groups and enroll a larger number of children, lessons are conducted according to age and there are typically a number of sessions at each site.
Any academic subject can easily use baseball as a tool to educate. Phillies Phundamentals lessons have focused on mathematics by using player statistics, reading/literature, history, science, health, geography and art. The 2010 summer session of Phillies Phundamentals concentrated on the importance of recycling by focusing on the efforts of the Phillies Red Goes Green program and what they can do in their community to help the environment.
This summer Phillies Phundamentals Chairman, pitcher Ryan Madson, met with the children of Gustine Recreation Center.
He spoke to them about his childhood, the importance of a good education, and also how he became a Major League Baseball player.
He left time for the children to ask questions and signed an autograph photo card for each participant.
Phillies Phundamentals participants from the summer session of the program were invited to attend a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 25 or a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 28.
During the summer, various recreation centers were invited to take a special tour of the ballpark.
The participants had the opportunity to see the Hall of Fame Club, Diamond Club and Phillies Clubhouse.
They even had the chance to sit in the dugout just like the players.
We are always looking for volunteers to work with Phillies Phundamentals.
If you are interested in volunteering for the program or simply would like to receive more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-463-1000.