The Phillies Harmony Fan Club is a special program created by the Phillies that offers baseball and other sports as recreational outlets for mentally and physically disabled children and adults. Each year, the program provides a safe and welcoming environment for thousands of participants and their families who would not otherwise have an opportunity to learn the game of baseball while connecting with their community."There are currently 2500-3000 clients and families benefiting from our mission," said Mike Iannella, Phillies Harmony Fan Club primary instructor. Through organized leisure activities, partakers exercise, learn the fundamentals of baseball and build a greater sense of self-esteem while meeting their community. In turn, these club days increase community awareness and acceptance of those with special needs. The Phillies Harmony Fan club helps make a connection for all involved. A certified adapted physical education teacher and trainer, Iannella plans the schedule of activities and coordinates special events each year. "This is the most satisfying thing professionally that I do, especially when I see the smiles on their faces," Iannella said. "The events are fun, but most important is the program." Learning to play the game of baseball and meet current and former Phillies players is a unique part of the Harmony Fan Club. The Phillie Phanatic, pitcher Geoff Geary and former Phillies Milt Thompson, Kevin Jordan and Dickie Noles have each played in ballgames with kids and adults. Free tickets to Phillies games, merchandise including caps, bobbleheads, t-shirts and photo cards donated by the Phillies have made the experience more memorable. "The families are very appreciative of all the quality programs we present and events the Phillies project provides for them," said Ianella.