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At Bat in our Community

Off the Field

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.

  1. Billingsley
  2. Brown
  3. Hamels
  4. Howard
  5. Lee
  6. Ruiz
  7. Utley
  1. Chad Billingsley

    Chad and Tiffany Billingsley began their relationship with the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in late 2011.

    After making item donations directly to the shelter, the relationship grew when the Billingsley's saw a need for the addition of play yards to the ARL grounds and personally donated $8,500 in January 2012 for construction of two fenced play areas where shelter dogs could run and play off leash. At this time, the Billingsley's also donated more than $1200 of Kuranda cat beds, which doubled the space in the cat cages by adding a "second level" for the cats to enjoy.

    Recognizing the need for additional funds and exposure for the open admission shelter that cares for more than 200 animals at any given time, the Billingsley's pledged to donate $100 for every strike out that Chad threw during his season with the LA Dodgers and $1000 for every win. Through this campaign, the Billingsleys donated $22,800 in 2012 and $25,000 in 2013.

    The Billingsley's were excited to partner with the ARL again in 2014, but due to an injury that kept Chad off the field, the campaign had to change and so Chad & Tiffany challenged the ARL to increase their adoptions. The reward for doing so would be a $25 donation for every animal adopted. The ARL created unique and fun adoption promotions to increase the amount of animals that found forever homes and at the end of the campaign, Chad and Tiffany donated $27,000.

    This season, the Billingsley's continue their support by matching donations by Phillies fans to the shelter. Chad & Tiffany personally donate $25 for every animal adopted during the baseball season. In addition to monetary donations, Chad & Tiffany have been extremely generous in donating items for raffles and auctions at ARL events.

    Chad and Tiffany have attended every annual Gala since they first partnered with the ARL. This year's gala benefitting the Animal Rescue League of Berks County takes place on November 7, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Wyomissing, PA. Chad and Tiffany will participate in a VIP Meet & Greet prior to the event. Contact the shelter at 610-373-8830 for more information.

    To date, Chad and Tiffany Billingsley have donated $91,415 to the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in funds and thousands more in auction, raffle and wish list items. Their continued loyalty and generosity to the ARL has had significant impact on the number of animals that are able to be cared for, and the quality of care those animals receive while in the ARL's care.

    The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is the largest open admission shelter in Berks County accepting more than 8,000 animals annually. The shelter runs at maximum capacity throughout the year, providing adoption programs, spay/neuter clinics, community outreach, education, animal welfare investigation, and more.

  2. Domonic Brown

    Domonic Brown focuses on living a healthy life and feels that it is important to share that information with the next generation of baseball players. He has taken part in the Phillies PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) Clinic to discuss his exercise routine and what he eats to stay healthy.

    He has also taken part in the Phillies Phitness educational program which shares with students in grades K-12 the importance of making smart food choices at an early age.

  3. Cole Hamels

    THE HAMELS FOUNDATION

    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. The Hamels Foundation has a dual purpose to provide support for quality education in the United States and establish a school in Malawi, Africa.

    EIGHT AREA SCHOOLS RECEIVE HAMELS FOUNDATION

    On Monday, May 11, Cole and Heidi Hamels visited Webster Elementary School in North Philadelphia to announce this year's Hamels Foundation grants. Cole and Heidi met with students and representatives from eight area schools and presented check donations of over $53,000 in grants. Those grants will provide a new audio system at Franklin Learning Center ($7,600), STEM science kits at Penrose Elementary ($4,000), STEM science supplies at Richmond Elementary ($3,500), STEM engineering kits at St. Jerome School ($5,000), an integrated robotics program at The Academy of Palumbo High Schools ($9,000), a second-grade reading library at Thomas Holme Elementary ($3,700), a full math curriculum at Webster Elementary ($15,000) and new music risers at William Loesche Elementary ($5,400).

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    DIAMONDS & DENIM

    The Hamels Foundation's 6th annual Diamonds and Denim fundraiser was held at Vie on Thursday, June 25. Cole and Heidi Hamels created Diamonds and Denim to provide a unique atmosphere for guests to dress up and walk the red carpet in their favorite denim jeans accented by diamonds and "bling." Over 400 guests attended the gala which included a dinner, live and silent auction and a private concert by John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting.

    The event was attended by several of Hamels' teammates, including Cody Asche, Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf and Chase Utley, as well as many other local athletes and celebrities. The event raised $351,000 to support The Hamels Foundation's mission of giving back to local Philadelphia schools and The Hamel Foundation's Namunda primary school in impoverished Malawi, Africa.

    AWARDS

    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.

  4. Ryan Howard

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    THE RYAN HOWARD BIG PIECE FOUNDATION

    In 2014, Ryan and his wife Krystle founded The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development. The Foundation's goal is to engage students in the essential area of literacy thus leading them on a path to a brighter future.

    LITTLE RHINO BACK-TO-SCHOOL READ-ALONG

    Calling all Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary students! The Phillies and The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation invite you to the ultimate Back-to-School Read-Along event taking place at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, October 3.

    Join Ryan and Krystle Howard, along with members of the Phillies, as they make their children's book series "Little Rhino" come alive during a pre-game read-along event.

    For more information, visit phillies.com/readalong.

    HOWARD'S HOMEROOM REVEALED

    In 2014, Vare-Washington Elementary School in South Philadelphia was selected as the recipient school of the very first "Big Piece" grant.

    STAND UP FOR LITERACY

    In 2014, the Howards hosted their second Stand Up for Literacy event, which acted as a fundraiser for the next Big Piece Foundation grant.
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    HOWARD'S COMMUNITY GIVING
    • Ryan and Krystle Howard teamed up with PAL in August 26, 2012 to host a fundraiser called Cruise for a Cause. The event raised more than $60,000 towards the renovation of two youth baseball fields at the Harrowgate PAL Center in Tioga area of Philadelphia. The field renovation is currently underway.
    • Howard helped to revitalize baseball in the North Philadelphia's Hunting Park area by donating funds to help restore the area baseball diamond. Additionally, he provided equipment to the teams and baseball is currently thriving there thanks to his efforts.
    • Howard has, through a partnership with the United Negro College Fund, donated over $200,000 in scholarship aid to ingoing freshman attending an accredited four-year institution.
    • In 2011 Howard donated $1.2 million worth of athletic equipment and uniforms to the School District of Philadelphia. The gift benefited 57 high schools and four middle schools.
    • Ryan annually helps the Phillies salute Jackie Robinson's legacy and honors the surviving members of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League team.
    • Howard has supported the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant special wishes by meeting with children and teens suffering from serious illness and supported Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students.
    AWARDS

    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.

  5. Cliff Lee

    LEE'S VIPS

    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.

  6. Carlos Ruiz

    CHOOCH'S CHICOS

    logoIn 2012, Carlos Ruiz introduced his Chooch's Chicos ticket program. Through this program Ruiz invites children from local Latino organizations to Phillies games and provides t-shirts and concessions. Groups benefiting include ACLAMO Family Centers, Concilio Summer Youthworks, National Stop The Violence Alliance, Inc. and Congreso De Latinos. Carlos also meets individually with the children and teens during batting practice.

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    RUIZ GETS IN THE GAME TO SUPPORT PHILADELPHIA STUDENTS

    Following the game on Thursday, April 23, Carlos Ruiz hosted the 15th annual "Get in the Game" bowling tournament benefiting Philadelphia Futures, an organization that provides the city's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.

    Joining Ruiz were Phillies Chairman David Montgomery, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Manager Ryne Sandberg and 18 of Ruiz's teammates and coaches. The event raised more than $175,000.

    Since the partnership with Philadelphia Futures began 15 years ago, the Phillies have helped raise nearly $2 million to support students across Philadelphia. For more information, visit philadelphiafutures.org or @PhillyFutures.

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  7. Chase Utley

    THE UTLEY FOUNDATION

    logoThe Utley Foundation was established by Chase and his wife Jen, to bring awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. The Foundation's mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering.

    UTLEY MURALS

    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, 2013 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 collaborated with artist David Gunn for a mural located on the Care Recreation Facility at 2600 Morris Street in Philadelphia.

    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.

    CHASE'S CHAMPS

    Utley, as part of his Chase's Champs program, annually spends over $23,000 to purchase season tickets to benefit patients from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

    JR. RBI/RBI CHAIRMAN

    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. Chase also has joined forces with Jr. RBI sponsor Citizens Bank to encourage fans to donate new and gently used gloves at the Citizens Bank Park kiosk in Ashburn Alley during every home game to benefit Jr. RBI participants.

    GRANTING WISHES

    Chase 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 also supports Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students and generously donates his time during the baseball season to participate in various events to raise funds for Phillies Charities, Inc.