Summer Fun with the Phillies

IMG_6132The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia is creating memories to last a lifetime for hundreds of kids across the city this summer through its summer day camp programs. On Wednesday, July 6, youth were treated to a day at a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.

Despite the intense heat and high humidity, the children excitedly bounced through the stadium to their seats.  The youth, who are mostly from low-income families, may have otherwise not had the opportunity to attend a major league baseball game. The tickets were purchased thanks to the generosity of a longtime Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia donor.

The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia provides summer day camp at its local corps community centers that offer parents safe, structured and fun environments for their children. The program helps youth build self-esteem, avoid boredom and stay active during the summer break. Daily camp activities include arts and crafts, music and drama, field trips, educational and community events, and a variety of recreational and social activities.

All of the campers wore special event t-shirts with a baseball and a Salvation Army logo on the front. The Phillies recognized the momentous occasion as “Salvation Army Day” at Citizens Bank Park! As the icing on the cake, they offered the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the game versus The Atlanta Braves. Brianna McCullough was selected by The Army to carry out the honor. The 14-year old daughter of The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia Majors Morris and Donna McCullough has struggled with cystic fibrosis her entire life. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

By taking the pitcher’s mound at Citizens Bank Park, Brianna raised awareness of cystic fibrosis and The Salvation Army.

“I was so nervous and excited,” she said, having spent the night before practicing her pitch at home.

Brianna did an amazing job and got a huge hug from the Philly Phanatic.

Judging by the smiles on their faces, it’s a day these youth will never forget.

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