The Phillies are teaming up with the City of Philadelphia to bring baseball to young kids.
An article posted on Philly.com says that the team, in conjuction with the city’s Parks and Recreation department, will be shelling out $4 million for a regulation sized field for young kids in the city.
But that’s not all the $4 million is buying, the author writes. The Phillies will be working with the MLB’s Urban Youth Academy to offer year-round physical training and education to teens serious about getting to college and participating in athletics.
The Director of Parks and Recreation, Ed Fagan, laid out the specs of the project, which include an extension to the Marian Anderson Recreation Center, as well as renovations inside the current property.
“There’s already classroom space in there that we will utilize for tutoring and SAT prep courses,” the Phillies’ amateur scouting director, Rob Holliday, told Philly.com. “There’s a fitness area that we can spruce up a little, and we plan to have indoor batting cages for baseball and softball for the cold weather.”
Philly.com also reported that the program will include opportunities around strength and conditioning, groundskeeping, and food and beverage operations, for teens who might want to pursue careers off the field.
According to the article, the city is contributing about $500,000 toward the cost of the work that’ll be done at the recreation center, and the MLB, the Phillies and the commonwealth are covering the rest of the cost.
The Phillies will be responsible for the new field, and will continue to maintain others such as Ashburn field and two softball fields at FDR Park, at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, the article said.