Dan Gross: No cheers for Ryan Howard's girlfriend

Krystle Campbell leaves Rothman Institute
Krystle Campbell leaves Rothman Institute (Dan Gross)
Posted: August 04, 2010

KRYSTLE CAMPBELL upset a number of her fellow Eagles cheerleaders when she missed practice to spend time with her boyfriend, rehabbing Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, in his hometown of St. Louis when the Phillies played the Cardinals on July 19-22.

We're told that Campbell did not tell her coaches why she was missing practice and that she won't face discipline for being absent. Cheerleaders are supposed to miss practice only if they are ill or there is a death in the family. Previous absentees have been made to work games in the luxury suites rather than dance on the field as punishment.

Campbell, who accompanied Howard to the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital yesterday, is a suburban teacher and briefly dated Flyers center Jeff Carter before getting together with Howard about a year ago. She's been an Eagles cheerleader for several years.

We hear Howard likes that Campbell is on the squad and encouraged her to try out again this year.

"All of our cheerleaders adhere to the same guidelines. No exceptions," Eagles cheerleader director Barbara Zaun said yesterday. Campbell did not respond to our phone call or e-mail.

Legends & Lauper?

Cyndi Lauper's road manager, John Callahan, and a few of her band members showed up Thursday at the TSOP Experience at Philadelphia International Records (309 S. Broad). Callahan told PIR executive Chuck Gamble that Lauper, who played the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Friday, is a huge fan of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and would love to meet the duo.

No idea if or when that may happen, but it wouldn't be the first time Lauper drew from the Philadelphia music scene for inspiration. Late rocker Robert Hazard wrote her big hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and Rob Hyman, of the Hooters, wrote "Time After Time" for her.

Big guy, mini-golf

Jon Runyan hosts the Score for the Cure mini-golf challenge to benefit the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Comcast Center (17th & JFK).

It costs $20 to join the former Eagles tackle, who's running for Congress in New Jersey, for nine holes of mini-golf.

Philly hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D performs at the event, after which there will be a wine-tasting.

Fox tails Toomey/Sestak

A Fox News Channel documentary crew is covering the U.S. Senate race between Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey and will cover both of their attempts at comedy at Tuesday's 20th annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates' Comedy Night at Finnigan's Wake (3rd & Spring Garden). The producer's name is Alexandra Toomey, but she's not related to Pat , Fox says.

Tickets may be purchased for $75 by calling Jennifer Bykofsky at Variety (215-735-0803 ext. 10) or at the door.

New faces on Fox 29, CW Philly

Fox 29 has hired Wallingford native Chris O'Connell as a general-assignment reporter. O'Connell, who'll start Sept. 13, worked at WRTI-FM while studying at Temple.

He last worked as an anchor/reporter in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

* The CW Philly 57 has added Jazmyn

Engelhardt and Everett Jackson to its CW Crew to appear on-air and represent the station in the community. Watch out for Engelhardt: The Rowan University senior has a black belt in karate, which she teaches near her home in Logan, N.J.

Jackson is a Temple student and lives in Manayunk. He's also one of the recent crop of Daily News Sexy Singles.

Jocks, pols, golf Monday

610 WIP's Ike Reese, 94 WYSP Eagles broadcaster Mike Quick, former Flyer Brian Propp and state Rep. Tony Payton are scheduled to golf Monday during Stars Within Reach Inc.'s annual golf outing at the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia in Pine Hill, N.J.

Fitness trainer Johari Rollins, wife of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, hosts a ladies' golf clinic at the event, and there will be Ferrari and Maserati test-drives, a luncheon and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit the Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation, the Blues Babe Foundation's Camp Jill Scott, Urban Promise and Travelers Aid Family Services of

Philadelphia. Tickets are available at

starswithinreach.org/events or by calling 610-628-6331.

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