Photo courtesy of Miles Kennedy
Neumann Alum Alicia Anglin has been a Phillies fan since attending her first game at seven years old. “I found out about being a Philadelphia Phillies Ball Girl after seeing them on the field during the games and on TV. So I went online to research,” she said. After missing the first deadline, Anglin took Chairman Bill Giles’ appearance at Neumann’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony as a sign. She applied a few months later and was accepted.
She sent a résumé and a two-minute video stating why she should be a ball girl and after receiving a call back, Anglin went to Citizens Bank Park for tryouts. “Tryouts were broken up into three different sections: softball skills, showing our hitting, fielding and sprinting; we had to do a live on-camera interview so the judges could see how we handle thinking on the spot and our comfort level in front of the camera; and finally a quiz to test your overall Phillies knowledge,” she said.
Besides fielding foul balls during games, the ball girls do community service work through various community activities for the city. They have green team duties during home games and work with volunteers to collect recyclables. The girls do radio, tv and other appearances as needed. They also have a Phillies Ball Girls softball team.
Anglin, a 2010 graduate of Neumann, currently works at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine. She graduated with a degree in clinical laboratory science and minors in chemistry and natural science. “I had my job lined up a month before I graduated. It was a great feeling to know that I had a job at a remarkable hospital upon graduation.”
“I have been a huge Phillies fan ever since I was a little girl. I am looking forward to volunteering, working on the charity events with the other girls, and being on the field during game days. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I plan to make the most of in every possible way,” said Anglin.
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