PHILADELPHIA – University of the Sciences and the Philadelphia Phillies have announced a new partnership, retrospective to November 1, 2018, that will have the USciences baseball and softball teams practice and play at the Phillies' Urban Youth Academy (UYA) Fields, in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia.
"We are extremely excited to formalize our partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies," said Dr. Marc Caserio, Ed.D, USciences Athletic Director. "Both the baseball and softball complexes at FDR Park are state-of-the-art facilities. This partnership is going to have a positive impact on our current and future student-athletes and we are hopeful that this is the start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership."
The partnership will also see USciences and the Phillies collaborate to provide baseball and softball camps and clinics, as well as educational opportunities, to the Urban Youth Academy athletes.
"The Phillies are delighted and proud to formalize our partnership with University of the Sciences, to allow them to use our UYA Fields," Rob Holiday, Director, Amateur Scouting Administration for the Phillies, commented. "The Phillies UYA provides, baseball, softball, and educational opportunities for inner-city youths from throughout the city. Having the USciences student-athletes mentor the UYA players, on and off the field, will be an invaluable asset to our UYA."
University of the Sciences' baseball team has called the UYA Fields home since 2000, while softball played its first season at the complex in 2019.
"Our new field is absolutely beautiful and a significant upgrade," said Head USciences Softball Coach Shannon Padula. "It has all the little things that truly help our program, and I am so excited to get back out there this fall and to host our second spring season at our new home."