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Off the Field

The Phillies players take pride in their on-field accomplishments but they are equally as proud of the positive work that they are doing to give back to the community. Each year individual players take part in special meet and greets both at Citizens Bank Park and in the community.

Many players host their own ticketing program that allows them to meet with deserving organizations. Others have their own foundations to support causes close to their hearts.

We invite you to learn about what the Phillies players are doing to give back to the community that gives so much to them.

  1. Asche
  2. Buchanan
  3. Howard
  4. Ruiz
  1. Code Asche

    After meeting a family stricken by ALS and participating in the annual ALS Association banquet in 2014, Asche wanted to do more to raise funds and awareness for ALS research and to support the ALS Association.

    He and wife Angie designed a Together We Fight T-shirt which can be purchased at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Citizens Bank Park or at for $24.99. Net proceeds benefit the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

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  2. David Buchanan

    David Buchanan is committed to volunteer service locally and globally, through his primary charity, Kula Project.

    The nonprofit was launched by his sister, Sarah Buchan with a goal to build up communities in the developing world, by working with the family farm.

    Kula Project is active in Rwanda, developing relationships with farmers on Ruli Mountain. The staff works to help scale coffee production, introduce food-crop planting systems, provide families with healthy foods and teach local farmers how to train their peers.

    Buchanan has traveled to Rwanda in past off seasons to participate in the effort by meeting farmers, staff and participants of the program.

    For outstanding charitable contribution of his time and community service, in 2014 Buchanan was honored with the Phillies Minor League Community Service Award.

  3. Ryan Howard

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    In 2014, Ryan and his wife Krystle founded The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development. The Foundation's goal is to engage students in the essential area of literacy thus leading them on a path to a brighter future.


    In 2014, Vare-Washington Elementary School in South Philadelphia was selected as the recipient school of the very first "Big Piece" grant.


    In 2014, the Howards hosted their second Stand Up for Literacy event, which acted as a fundraiser for the next Big Piece Foundation grant.
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    • Ryan and Krystle Howard teamed up with PAL in August 26, 2012 to host a fundraiser called Cruise for a Cause. The event raised more than $60,000 towards the renovation of two youth baseball fields at the Harrowgate PAL Center in Tioga area of Philadelphia. The field renovation is currently underway.
    • Howard helped to revitalize baseball in the North Philadelphia's Hunting Park area by donating funds to help restore the area baseball diamond. Additionally, he provided equipment to the teams and baseball is currently thriving there thanks to his efforts.
    • Howard has, through a partnership with the United Negro College Fund, donated over $200,000 in scholarship aid to ingoing freshman attending an accredited four-year institution.
    • In 2011 Howard donated $1.2 million worth of athletic equipment and uniforms to the School District of Philadelphia. The gift benefited 57 high schools and four middle schools.
    • Ryan annually helps the Phillies salute Jackie Robinson's legacy and honors the surviving members of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League team.
    • Howard has supported the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant special wishes by meeting with children and teens suffering from serious illness and supported Philadelphia Futures, a mentoring program for inner-city students.

    Ryan was the 2011 Phillies Community Service Award winner and the local Roberto Clemente Jr. Award recipient.

    Ryan received an Honorary Badge from the Philadelphia Police Athletic League during "PAL Night at the Phillies" in August 2008, recognizing his community service.

  4. Carlos Ruiz


    logoIn 2012, Carlos Ruiz introduced his Chooch's Chicos ticket program. Through this program Ruiz invites children from local Latino organizations to Phillies games and provides t-shirts and concessions. Groups benefiting include ACLAMO Family Centers, Concilio Summer Youthworks, National Stop The Violence Alliance, Inc. and Congreso De Latinos. Carlos also meets individually with the children and teens during batting practice.



    For the past five years, Carlos Ruiz has hosted the annual "Get in the Game" bowling tournament benefiting Philadelphia Futures, an organization that provides the city's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.

    Each year, Ruiz has been joined by Phillies Chairman David Montgomery and many of his teammates in this effort.

    In 2015, the event raised more than $175,000.

    Since the partnership with Philadelphia Futures began 15 years ago, the Phillies and Ruiz have helped raise nearly $2 million to support students across Philadelphia.