2018-01-03 / Columns

Winter kicks off with a home run at Citizens Bank Park

BBYO BLOCK
By DREW HOFFMAN and MORGAN FISHER
Regional Mazkiri

Citizens Bank Park is not only the host of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. It is not just a place for baseball or concerts. It is also the host of South Jersey Region BBYO’s Winter Kickoff.

On Saturday, January 6, for the first time ever, the region will bring over 250 teens to the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Diamond Club will be rented out for the group, where attendees can dance and hang out with their friends. Members can slug it out in the batting cages where the players hit, which will be opened exclusively for the event.

Access to the Diamond Club and batting cages are not the only perks to the event. There will be special guests, such as the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies alumnus Mickey Morandini. Whether you want to dance with the Phanatic or get a picture with a Phillies legend, there will be no shortage of fun at this event.

“This event has everything for everybody, baseball fan or not. It combines a typical kickoff dance with a new and exciting twist: Citizens Bank Park,” said Jed Friedman, the Regional Aleph Moreh. “I can’t wait to see everyone have a great time with all the access we are being given.”

Kickoff marks the beginning of the new semester in BBYO after winter break, just like Fall Kickoff is at the end of the summer break. In previous years, the event has been held at Dave and Buster’s and on the Spirit of Philadelphia river cruise. It is the first of many exciting events in the second part of the year, events that include the annual Tournies convention, March Madness, and Spring Thing. This is certainly a fun way to begin the second half of the BBYO programming year.

“There is really no better way to engage the new and prospective members than sending South Jersey Region to Citizens Bank Park. Our more experienced members will also find Winter Kickoff to be a huge hit among some special Phillies guests and an inclusive social atmosphere,” said Chelsea Stern, the Regional MIT Mom.

Members can pay $ 50 by registering online by January 4, or $ 60 at the door. Food, Diamond Club and batting cage access, alumni meet-and-greets and much more are included in the price.

“I knew Winter Kickoff was going to be something special since [the regional board] was keeping it so secret, but I never thought it was going to be this big,” said Kyle Krell of Marlcrest AZA. “I’m a huge Phillies fan, but I’ve never experienced the stadium all to myself before, so I am so excited to be able to experience that.”

For more information on this can’t-miss event, contact the BBYO office at bmittica@bbyo.org for more information. Or register at https://form.jotform.com/73455160062147. 

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