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Baseballtown Charities RIP IT FOR LIFE Program unveiled

From the Reading Fightin Phils

Jan 31, 2019

RIP IT FOR LIFE will help kids along their journey

Baseballtown Charities in conjunction with the Reading Fightin Phils have announced the RIP IT FOR LIFE Program.  The program selects kids who have the want to be better as players and as people.

RIP IT FOR LIFE has partnered with Rip It Batting Cages and Baseball & Softball Skill Training to provide high quality instruction.

“Through our partnership with Rip It Batting Cages and Baseball & Softball Skill Training, we have access to a top notch facility, and most importantly, top notch baseball and softball instructors”, said R-Phils General Manager and Vice President of Baseballtown Charities, Scott Hunsicker.  “We identify players that have the want to be better, but would not otherwise have access to the type of instructors and facilities that Rip It Batting Cages can provide.  It’s exciting to give these players a chance to be better, on the field, and off.”

RIP IT FOR LIFE is a brand new venture for Baseballtown Charities as they embark on their quest to continue to help all kids throughout Berks County.   After the success of Gordon Hoodak Stadium, the Baseballtown Dream League and the Savage 61 Dream Field, RIP IT FOR LIFE will help address kids who need help along their journey to grow as an individual.

“Baseballtown Charities will continue to provide opportunities for all kids to play more baseball and softball, and learn life’s lessons through the game”, added Hunsicker.  “The difference with RIP IT FOR LIFE is an attempt to go much deeper, with a smaller number of participants.  With our other Baseballtown Charities programming, we are attempting to facilitate play for as many children as possible.  RIP IT FOR LIFE identifies a smaller number of children, but takes a more in depth approach to their development, both on the field and off.  The goal is to give the athletes more “hopes and dreams” type training.”

RIP IT FOR LIFE will select kids that may not have the economic wherewithal to get top notch baseball and softball training.  And off the field – RIP IT FOR LIFE can provide an additional shoulder to lean on when necessary.  RIP IT FOR LIFE believes that socio-economic challenges should not be an impediment to their journey to be better players, and to be better people.

Baseballtown Charities RIP IT FOR LIFE seeks to provide hopes and dreams to kids both on and off the field.  So far, the program has identified 11 children who have a passion for baseball and softball.

RIP IT FOR LIFE Instruction is provided by Rip It Batting Cages and Baseball & Softball Skill Training Professional Coaches, including: Mike Spidale, Two-Time R-Phils MVP and All-Time Reading Hit King, Steve Schrenk, Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A Pitching Coach, Bekah Slattery, NCAA All-American Softball Pitcher, Clarence Curry, Personal Trainer Team Works Sports Academy, and other highly qualified coaches.  The RIP IT FOR LIFE program is implemented by Roberto Sanchez, R-Phils Diversity Outreach Coordinator and General Manager of Rip It Batting Cages, and overseen by Tonya Petrunak, Executive Director of Baseballtown Charities.

Tim Profit of Savage 61 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and Chris Kraras of White Star Tours, have provided the funding to launch the RIP IT FOR LIFE Program.  RIP IT FOR LIFE would love to add more kids to the program, and seeks additional funding to grow this worthwhile program.  For more information on how you can support Baseballtown Charities, and the RIP IT FOR LIFE Program, please contact Tonya Petrunak at 610-370-BALL ext. 243, or via email at [email protected].


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