Bowling for the Troops: Recapping Aaron Nola’s brilliant Charity Event

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

On Monday night, I was given the opportunity to attend and cover Aaron Nola’s “Bowling for the Troops.”

This event was hosted and sponsored by Aaron Nola, the Philadelphia Phillies, and Yuengling, who is Aaron’s biggest sponsor. The event was hosted to raise funds and awareness for Team Red, White, and Blue, a health and wellness organization that looks to improve the lives of veterans once they come home from service.

The event was hosted at Brooklyn Bowl in Philadelphia, a beautiful location that held the bowling tournament that took place last night. The space was great for hosting as well, and there were plenty of areas to mingle and talk to members of the Phillies, Yuengling, and many of the other sponsors who helped organize and run the event.

I got a chance to speak with Aaron, as well as Wendy Yuengling, the Chief Administrative Officer and a 6th generation member of the Yuengling family. Both were very happy with how the night turned out and were gracious enough to give me their time.

We’ll have some great features from the event coming up so make sure to check back soon!

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 24: Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on July 24, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

Aaron Nola & Team RWB

The Red, White, and Blue charity is a partnership that Aaron Nola and Yuengling came together to join in an effort to make an impact on our veterans. The cause is near and dear to the Phillies’ ace, and he was very proud of being able to give back.

Team RWB’s mission is to help take care of veterans once they return home. For many, it is hard to reassimilate back into normal everyday life after the mental challenges that come with serving overseas. The physical and mental health of our troops is something that often is forgotten about, and team RWB was created to ensure that they were getting the support that they needed.

This organization is very key to keeping our veterans active. They host plenty of physical events such as 5k’s that give people something to participate in while also being a fun challenge for them to overcome. It allows our troops to stay healthy and focus on something positive, which is truly a great idea.

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

For more information regarding the charity and the events that they host, please check out their website:

Support of the Organization

Aaron Nola had the support of Yuengling and the Phillies on Monday night.

Members of the team, front office, coaching staff, television and radio team, the Phillie Phanatic, and even the owner, John Middleton, were in attendance. Nearly half of the active roster made an appearance, and it was fun to see the players out of uniform and in a more natural setting.

Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos, Trea Turner, Alec Bohm, Rob Thomson, Tom McCarthy, Scott Franzke, Jordan Mailata of the Philadelphia Eagles, and so many more came out to support Nola and his work to improve the lives of our veterans.

It was great to see how close this team is and how they all come together in support of each other off the field.

One more thing I will add regarding the team’s involvement with the event. There was a small auction that was held to raise even more money for Team RWB.

Once the auction was finished, John Middleton pulled Tom McCarthy to the side, who was emceeing the event, and offered up tickets in the Owner’s box to come to watch a game at Citizens Bank Park, amongst other features of the package. He even bid on the item to help raise the funds.

While the gesture might not cost him anything, the fact that the owner was so involved and willing to help the cause gave me an incredible feeling. It is nice to see that the Phillies’ owner really cares about his players and what they do on and off the field.