When summer sets in the Reading Fightin’ Phils celebrate the season with firework shows nearly every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday game. While fans flock to the ballpark to watch the impressive displays, the Fightin’s pre-firework activities are even more impressive. Together with Savage 61 Dodge, the Fightin’s host Toss-A-Ball before each fireworks show. Toss-A-Ball is fun for the fans, and also a great cause.

Tennis balls used by the Fightin's in their Toss-A-Ball event. Each number is recorded when fans purchase the balls, allowing the team to determine the winners for each prize. (photo by Ariane Cain)

Tennis balls used by the Fightin’s in their Toss-A-Ball event. Each number is recorded when fans purchase the balls, allowing the team to determine the winners for each prize. (photo by Ariane Cain)

The idea behind Toss-A-Ball is simple: purchase numbered tennis balls throughout the game, throw the tennis balls onto the field or into the bed of a truck circling the warning track after the game, and win prizes. What is more important is the money raised by purchasing the tennis balls, which the Fightin’s immediately give to a non-profit organization.  With hundreds of balls purchased each night, the organizations are the true winners.

Organizations supported by the program cover a wide range, from the United Way of Berks County and the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, to local school districts, and even local families that are struggling to cope with recent hardships or tragedy.

The Fightin’s have even used the event to provide support for members of their own family, as several times the proceeds have been given to employees or interns fighting cancer.

With the Fightin’s furnishing prizes, such as season tickets, pool parties, first pitch packages, and one person winning $100 each time, there is plenty of incentive for fans.

Charity is turned into fun as the program is a season-long competition, which concludes at Toss-A-Ball Finals Night, where the most accurate tossers, one chosen from each event throughout the season, get the opportunity to compete for $1,000.

While Reading is often lauded for the charity work they do under Baseballtown Charities, it is important to remember that the organization gives back in other ways and encourages the fans to help give back as well.

The next time you come to a Fightin’s game to catch the fireworks show, be sure to buy some tennis balls, have some fun, and participate in a great event making a huge impact on the community and local non-profit organizations.

For more information on Toss-A-Ball, or to find a toss-a-ball night to attend, visit Fightin’s.com. Tickets to any games can be purchased on-line, in person at the stadium, or by calling 610-370-BALL. If you have a group or organization that could benefit from Toss-A-Ball, contact Fightin’s Director of Community Relations, Mike Robinson.