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R-Phils Tab C.J. Lindsay as Rip It Baseballtown Charities Manager

Jun 10, 2020

Former Intern C.J. Lindsay joins the Fightins full-time

(Reading, PA) – The Reading Fightin Phils have announced that C.J. Lindsay will be returning to the Fightins full-time as a member of the front office staff. He will be the Rip It Baseballtown Charities Manager.

“We are very excited to welcome C.J. to the family,” said General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “It’s an exciting time for Baseballtown Charities and the R-Phils – as we look to help so many more boys and girls play baseball and softball – especially those in the underserved community.”

Lindsay is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leisure and Sports Studies. He was a nationally qualified sprinter and a school record holder for the Men’s Track and Field team.

In 2017, Lindsay was the Community Relations Intern for the R-Phils. Then, he designed and implemented successful community outreach programs, planned special events, and was responsible for managing the organization’s fundraising efforts, among other things.

Previously, Lindsay was a Sports Director at a YMCA in Coatesville, PA where He ran the entire Sports Program which served over 700 kids in 2019. He was responsible for all staffing, financials, instruction, league management, new program implementation, and more.

In addition to being the Rip It Baseballtown Charities manager, Lindsay will work closely with other facets of Baseballtown Charities and the Reading Fightin Phils. He will engage in fundraising entities and integrate in group outings and tickets.  Lindsay is an essential connection between the R-Phils and Rip It Baseballtown Charities.

“I am greatly appreciative of this new position here with Rip It Baseballtown Charities,” Lindsay said. “My passion for inspiring the youth and teaching them lifelong values through sport is one that drives me every day and will continue to drive me to make Rip It Baseballtown Charities the best it can possibly be.”

The R-Phils recently acquired Rip It Baseballtown Charities as a part of their non-profit. The facility will reopen Monday, June 15th, with cleaning and safety measures in place. Patrons will also be asked to follow social distancing guidelines mandated by the state of Pennsylvania and the CDC.

Back in 2002, the Reading Fightin Phils established Baseballtown Charities, a non-profit that allows youngsters to benefit from the life lessons of baseball. Since then it has taken on a life of its own, providing many opportunities for children in the local community. The Reading Fightin Phils are proud to announce that Baseballtown Charities has acquired Rip It Batting Cages and Baseball & Softball Skills Training. The facility will now be known as Rip It Baseballtown Charities. This investment will enhance the written mission statement of Baseballtown Charities by helping more boys and girls play baseball and softball.

With an already illustrious presence in the community, Baseballtown Charities will look to Rip It Baseballtown Charities as a facility that can function year-round with highly qualified instructors. They will also host Baseballtown Charities Rip It for Life activities – providing free instruction and training opportunities to children that would otherwise not be able to afford it. Rip It Baseballtown Charities will ensure that Baseballtown Charities can fulfill new partnerships with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club. They will provide onsite training at Rip It Baseballtown Charities and offsite training using Rip It Baseballtown Charities instructors at Gordon Hoodak Stadium, the Oakbrook field, and other locations.

The R-Phils encourage all people to help more kids play baseball and softball. With Rip It Baseballtown Charities now part of the overall Baseballtown Charities umbrella, everyone that trains at Rip It Baseballtown Charities, hits in the automated cages, has a birthday party at the facility, or participates in a clinic or camp, is supporting Baseballtown Charities and helping more kids play baseball and softball. As a non-profit organization, all proceeds raised through the use of Rip It Baseballtown Charities will fund the Baseballtown Charities mission.

Reserve a Rip It Baseballtown Charities batting cage for an hour, schedule a lesson, or sign up for a clinic using https://rip-it-baseballtown.myshopify.com/. All proceeds benefit Baseballtown Charities! To find out more about Rip It Baseballtown Charities batting cage rentals, lessons, clinics and more, visit RipIt.org or email [email protected]. For those Rip It customers who have already purchased “membership” to Rip It Batting Cages please email [email protected] and you will be accommodated!

This opening will be a measured process and the need for patience and understanding by all customers will be key to our success. Any service limitations or restrictions are intended to protect the health and well-being of all of our Rip It Baseballtown Charities customers, and we trust that you will adhere to the guidelines. Please also note that we will do anything we can to accommodate our customers so long as we remain compliant to Governor Wolf’s guidance.

These pre-purchased one-hour rentals, and pre-purchased lessons, will allow Rip It Baseballtown Charities to properly control the flow and spacing of participants, and spectators, so as to properly monitor occupancy, social distancing, and cleaning and safety guidelines. There will be no walk-ins at this time. Each participant must bring their own bats and batting helmets.

The best part about Rip It Baseballtown Charities is that it is for everyone! The focus is largely aimed at having fun. While there is of course instruction for top tier baseball and softball players including lessons given by R-Phils players and coaches, it is really about giving everyone the chance to get involved and have fun doing it.

Rip It Baseballtown Charities is located at 1037A MacArthur Road, Reading, PA, the former Grand Slam USA location. The facility is just off Route 183 near Reading Airport, across from Penn State Health St. Joseph Hospital. The Rip It Baseballtown Charities facility has been completely renovated to provide four automated batting cages and three indoor batting/pitching tunnels. In addition, the tunnels can be expanded to provide a larger indoor turf area for fielding instruction.

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