Phillies players are known for their charitable work and Jimmy
Rollins is no exception. Rollins is a graduate of the
Oakland, California Babe Ruth League and currently plays shortstop
for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rollins and his wife Johari recently partnered with Saint
Francis Veterinary Center to launch a state-of-the-art
rehabilitation center for animals in Philadelphia.
The Rollins Center for Animal Rehabilitation offers animals many
of the same cutting-edge modalities often used by humans, including
those utilizied by professional athletes like Jimmy Rollins.
The Rollins Center will assist patients with post-surgical
recovery; prevention of further injury; recovery and healing
of muscle strains, ligament ruptures, joint sprains and bone
fractures; assuaging of patient anxiety or stress; reduction of
muscle tightness or spasm; management of chronic conditions
including arthrities and degenerative disease; promotion of
flexibility and range of motion; weight management; and other
Jimmy and Johari have trusted the doctors at Saint Francis with
the health of their dogs for some time, and they are excited to
play a role in enhancing the lives of animals in need whil
setting the standard for animal physical welfare across the
The Rollins Center is led by two veterinarians trained at the
University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Carolina K. Garzotto, VMD, DACVS,
CCRT; and Dr. Mark Newkirk, BS, MS, VMD.
Rollins is also very involved in raising moneyand
awareness for children with arthritis. The Rollins
Family Foundation hosts an annual Celebrity BaseBOWL bowling
tournament with the proceeds benefitting children suffering from
arthritic conditions. Many of Rollins' Phillies teammates
attend the event. In addition to the money raised from the
games, Rollins conducts a silent auction consisting of Phillies
jerseys, memorabilia and other collectors items.
People don't think too often about arthritis affecting kids
under the age of 16, but it does. Imagine having to wake up
on a weekend and not being able to play baseball or another
sport, or not being able to run around with your friends.
Being a new dad has changed Rollins' perspective on a lot
of things; especially about children having problems of any sort
and feeling for them. He says not everyone is blessed
with a healthy child, free of any worry, and its home home a lot
more when you imagine that it could be your child.