The Philadelphia Phillies took a recent visit to Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. The Phillie Phanatic, accompanied by Phillies team members, played games and participated in different activities with the patients and their families during a fun-filled day that included lunch from Papa John’s.
“It’s special to give back,” said Mark Leiter Jr., a Phillies pitcher. “It’s definitely something that I take pride in and to see the smiles on their faces when they are going through some troubles, it makes you feel good inside that these kids are fighting through some things, but their spirits are up. It really is nice to be around and see that smiling face.”
“Nothing is as powerful and as impactful as seeing a six, seven, eight-year old child who’s having a really difficult time even staying out of pain for five minutes and making their moment,” said Phillies Manager Gabe Kapler. “I don’t think there’s a more important place to be in the world than right here right now.”
Phillies Charities, the fundraising arm of the Phillies, gave more than $1.2 million to various charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware in 2017. Other charitable organizations the Phillies have donated to include the ALS Association, The Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Philadelphia READS, among dozens others.