On the evening of Wednesday, May 18, Carlos Ruiz and the Philadelphia Phillies "got in the game" with Philadelphia Futures. Get in the Game is a bowling tournament which pairs teams, sponsored by individual donors and businesses, captained by Phillies players and local media celebrities. The event raised $160,000 and was attended by more than 500 guests and supporters of Philadelphia Futures. Get in the Game took place at South Bowl in South Philadelphia.
The event was hosted by Carlos Ruiz for the sixth consecutive year. During the evening, Ruiz was inducted into the Philadelphia Futures "Hall of Fame" in recognition of his enduring support of the organization and his commitment to the mission of Philadelphia Futures and the students it serves.
The Phillies organization came out in full-force in support of the event. Ruiz was joined by all of his teammates including Ryan Howard, Aaron Nola, Freddy Galvis, Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Tommy Joseph, Jeanmar Gomez and Vince Velasquez. Also attending for the Phillies were Manager Pete Mackanin and President Andy MacPhail. Phillies Director of Public Affairs, Scott Palmer, emceed the event.
The 500 Get in the Game guests bowled in the Tournaments and enjoyed the red carpet entrance, participated in the "Be a Phanatic" Raffle, stepped up to the plate in support of Philadelphia Futures' Field of Dreams, built the Winning Philadelphia Team in a baseball card sweepstakes, took part in the #PFGetintheGame live social media experience and were engaged in the evening's live auction.
The Get in the Game Celebrity Tournament winners included:
- Phillies Celebrity Tournament First Place: Team Sipics
- Futures Frenzy Competition First Place: St. James School
- Highest Scoring Celebrity Team Captain: Brett Oberholtzer, Phillies pitcher
Philadelphia Futures and the Phillies have established a winning partnership in support of the City's students. This is the 16th year that Philadelphia Futures and the Phillies have partnered on Get in the Game, and over the years, Get in the Game has raised $2 million to support Philadelphia Futures' students.
Major sponsors of Get in the Game 2016 included the Phillies, Patricia and Gordon Fowler, Glenmede, Joan Mazzotti and Michael Kelly, Spring Creek Investment Management, Aetna, The Campaign Group, Citizens Bank, PECO, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young and Laura Williamson. Proceeds from Get in the Game will fund the organization's academic enrichment and college guidance activities for Philadelphia Futures high school students.
We thank Carlos, the Phillies, our sponsors and our guests for supporting Get in the Game 2016, and we are looking forward to next year!