05/04/2011
Behind the Scenes
Need in Deed Night at the Phillies

Imagine receiving $4,000 to attend an on-your-feet Phillies game with 500 of your friends as you watch a 12-year-old student you know throw out the first pitch. Sound unreal? This and more happened at Need in Deed Night at the Phillies on Tuesday, May 3rd, thanks to our good friends at the Phillies.

In attendance were NID Board, staff, members of NID's Classroom Partnership Advisory Board, teachers, students and well wishers.

Students in Gretchen Matteo's third grade class at Fell Elementary School received VIP treatment as members of the Phillies' "Red Goes Green" team, assigned the task of helping collect trash and litter by circulating through the crowds with plastic trash bags. Not coincidentally, their NID project is on littering and their school is within walking distance of the ballpark. Meghan Essman and her Phillies colleagues in Fan Development have been supporting the students in their project and encouraged their participation as litter collectors on game night. The students were thrilled to be invited. A highlight for them was meeting the Phillies newest robot/mascot: Phil the Can.

As part of pre-game activities phans thrilled to watch 6th grader Jason Diaz throw the ceremonial first pitch to the Phillie Phanatic. At the same time a 90-second video, produced gratis for NID by staff from Comcast Interactive Media, broadcast still photos of student projects and audio quotes collected from NID teachers and students describing the impact of our work. A graphic of a beating heart, complete with sound effects, caught fans attention as the festivities began.

The Fightin' Phils demonstrated yet again why 45,000+ fans show up for every Phillies game. Raul Ibanez broke through his hitting slump with two doubles and Cole Hamels pitched nine straight innings to best the Washington Nationals 4 to 1.

But for many in attendance, the game was much more than the final score.

To see the video that aired on the Phillies giant HD scoreboard, click here