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, presented by the Please Touch Museum, runs in 15 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.
John Mayberry, Jr. is the Chairman of Phillies Phundamentals and has met with children from the program to discuss the importance of education, answer questions and sign autographs.
Over the course of the season, all children taking part in the Phillies Phundamentals program are invited to attend a Phillies game.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins uses his ticket program JRoll's Aces to reward children excelling in the classroom and on the baseball diamond. Jimmy has met with a number of children taking part in Phillies Phundamentals.
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.