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.
After meeting a family stricken by ALS and participating in the annual ALS Association banquet in 2014, Asche wanted to do more to raise funds and awareness for ALS research and to support the ALS Association.
He and wife Angie designed a Together We Fight T-shirt which can be purchased at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park or at phillies.com for $24.99. Net proceeds benefit the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
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.
In 2014, Vare-Washington Elementary School in South Philadelphia was selected as the recipient school of the very first "Big Piece" grant.
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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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 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.
For the past five years, Carlos Ruiz has hosted the 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.
Each year, Ruiz has been joined by Phillies Chairman David Montgomery and many of his teammates in this effort.
In 2015, the event raised more than $175,000.
Since the partnership with Philadelphia Futures began 15 years ago, the Phillies and Ruiz have helped raise nearly $2 million to support students across Philadelphia.