Meet the Phillies' Newest Ballgirl
April 29, 2014 —
Name: Lesley Amy
Major: Communication (Corporate and Public Relations)
Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
Like any devoted sports fan, Lesley Amy never misses a game. But what sets this communication major apart from the rest of the fans is that it’s actually her job to be there—as a Phillies ballgirl.
Q: What exactly does being a ballgirl entail?
A: Being a ballgirl is much more than just fielding foul balls at the home games. When we are not on the field, we are at the stadium selling 50/50 raffle tickets and leading the Phillies’ Red Goes Green sustainability team. When we are not at the stadium, we are out in the community making appearances at events or volunteering. Being a ballgirl means so much to me, as it has given me the opportunity to interact with the most amazing fans in the sport, make people smile, and represent such a wonderful organization in such a positive way. This position gives kids, especially young girls, a role model to look up to and shows them that with hard work, confidence and perseverance, you can do anything you set out to accomplish.
Q: How many girls are on the roster? How competitive is it to get a spot?
A: There are 20 ballgirls on the roster this year: 11 rookies and 9 returning vets. It was a very competitive process; I was hired as one of the 11 new hires out of a pool of roughly 80 applicants.
Q: What was the application process like? Why did you decide apply?
A: We had to send in our resume and a two-minute video explaining why we should be a ballgirl for the Phillies. About two weeks later, I received an email inviting me to try out at Citizen’s Bank Park! When I passed tryouts, which included fielding and hitting the ball and an on-camera interview, I then received an individual interview with the ballgirl manager. After that, she called me and let me know I was offered the position!
When I saw the advertisement to apply, I immediately had this feeling deep down that this was something I would excel at and needed to do, and I was going to try my absolute best to get this job. As soon as I saw that you needed to have public relations experience, I knew this was something I would regret not applying for. I mean, the worst they could’ve done was said ‘no,’ but I wouldn’t have known if hadn’t applied.
Q: What’s been the best part of being a ballgirl so far? What are you most looking forward to?
A: The best part about being a ballgirl so far is positively representing the Phillies organization inside and outside of the ballpark. On my first outside appearance as a ballgirl, I had the privilege of surprising a soldier, who just returned from Iraq, with season tickets (alongside a fellow ballgirl, the Phanatic’s mother Phoebe, Phillies alumnus Tommy Greene and many more participants) in an elaborate scheme planned by his loved ones. Many news stations were there. And I realized that my job helps to make a difference in the lives of others, and seeing that enjoyment really makes me happy.
I am most looking forward to working with the awesome staff at the ballpark, and getting to know the other ballgirls who are currently away at school and unable to work as many events as I do, as Drexel is right here in Philadelphia. The ballgirls I know now are absolutely wonderful, and I am so lucky to be a part of such a driven group of young women, who are personable and so pleasant to be around!
Q: Will you attend away games and/or travel as part of the job?
A: We do not attend away games or travel with the team. The only travel I do outside of the stadium is to events and appearances that I sign up for.
Q: We’d guess being a Ballgirl and a fulltime student makes for one busy schedule—how do you juggle it all?
A: It is surprisingly easy to balance everything, actually. The ballgirl position is based on my availability, so I sign up for each game I want to work. I do not work weekday daytime games, as it interferes with my school schedule, and I chose all of my classes for the spring term with night games in mind. It’s all about scheduling yourself a break in between classes to grab lunch and get some work done on campus! I also hold a part-time job at a restaurant back home, and I only work the weekends when the Phillies are on the road.
Q: When will you graduate from Drexel? What are your post-graduation plans?
A: I am currently a junior going on co-op this fall/winter, and I am hoping to graduate by the summer of 2015. Since you can only be a ballgirl for two years, I am hoping to continue my adventure with the Phillies as I work full-time in the public relations industry, or get a full-time job within the Phillies organization, and stay with this amazing Phillies family! As long as I am making a difference in the lives of others, I will be happy.