PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies’ Chase Utley is on the disabled list for the season opener with a sore knee, but Utley and wife Jen took time Thursday morning to begin painting a mural in North Philadelphia.

Donning their smocks, Chase and Jennifer Utley joined kindergarten-through-second graders in painting a “Kindness to Animals” mural that will be mounted on a wall of the Anna B. Pratt Elementary School at 22nd and Dauphin.

“I’m not a very good painter,” Chase admitted. “But luckily these kids are very good painters. And there’s a great artist working on it. So it’s going to turn out great. It’s going to be great for the community.”

Jen Utley says it’s important to instill a “be kind to animals” message in the minds of young children, “That’s when they’re learning right from wrong.  And if they’re seeing it in their communities and no one else is telling them different, then that’s what they’re going to think is okay behavior.”

Chase didn’t want to talk much about his ailing knee, though, “Our main focus today is on this school and this program that we’re putting together.  Like I said. things are moving in the right direction.”

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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