Amateur Sports

 

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

Kensington: A Free More-Than-Just-Soccer Camp

As the sun rises on Hissey Playground at C Street and Indiana Avenue there’s usually a bit of a mess. Being in the shadow of the unofficial heroin capital of the region, Department of Recreation personnel must take care of cleaning up the needles, baggies and bottles that found their way to the sports field […]

 

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

It was a mild Wednesday night at Kingsessing Park in West Philadelphia when a group of friends and nearby residents gathered to play a game of softball, thus beginning their weekly summer tradition. Ten years ago, a group of punk rock die-hards bonded over the passion that they shared outside of music: baseball. The group […]

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Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

Bustleton: Amateur Boxing Champion Punches for the Gold

While 15-year-old Natalie Dove awaits to defend her No. 1 junior women’s boxing ranking in the amateurs, she is focusing on her bigger dream: Winning the 2020 Olympic gold medal for her gym and country.    “It’s almost here and I am ready,” said Dove, who has been training for the gold since she was […]

 

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

Bustleton: Neighborhood Boxing Gym Opens Up The Ring To Families

When people think of Philadelphia boxing gyms, a family environment is probably the last thing that comes to mind. At Philly’s Next Champ gym at 1810 Grant Ave. in Bustleton, families train together. “We have whole families here taking classes,” said 49-year-old boxing trainer Mike Cassell. “I never saw that in a gym growing up.” Cassell, […]

 

Amateur Sports: Organization Provides Recreational Sports For Adults

Amateur Sports: Organization Provides Recreational Sports For Adults

There are plenty of options in the city for a kid to participate in recreational sports. For adults who want to continue playing their favorite sports despite being older, there aren’t as many choices. One of the options, however, can be considered a jackpot. Philadelphia Sports Leagues has a league for 17 different sports, from […]

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Amateur Sports: Beat The Streets Developing Wrestlers On And Off the Mat

Amateur Sports: Beat The Streets Developing Wrestlers On And Off the Mat

Beat The Streets Philadelphia aids student-athletes in more ways than one. The organization prides itself on giving academic and athletic support to underprivileged wrestlers. “Whether they need transportation, new uniforms, food for tournaments, accommodations for overnight stays, we have to plan all of that stuff,” said Rory Gulak, assistant director of wrestling operations. “We have a […]

 

Amateur Sports: Central Wrestling Reigns Supreme In Public League

Amateur Sports: Central Wrestling Reigns Supreme In Public League

Central High School has become one of the city’s elite wrestling programs. The Lancers won two of the last three Philadelphia Public League championships and have not lost more than one public league match in a single season since the 2010-2011 campaign. This year’s team featured a mix of young talent and experienced leadership. Seven […]

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Amateur Sports: Five People Most Local Citizens Haven’t Heard Of

Amateur Sports: Five People Most Local Citizens Haven’t Heard Of

Philadelphia has a rich sports tradition that many throughout the city share a deep passion for. A closer look reveals individuals in local communities who make sports accessible and enjoyable for others. Here are five people you may not know who help others get involved.   Brian Calhoun: Calhoun (above) has won the most matches in Tennis Philly history. […]

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Amateur Sports: Getting To Know Roman Catholic Boys’ Basketball Coach Matt Griffin

Amateur Sports: Getting To Know Roman Catholic Boys’ Basketball Coach Matt Griffin

The Roman Catholic boys’ basketball program is one of the most prestigious in the Philadelphia Catholic League. Last season, the Cahillites won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 4A boys’ basketball championship. However, following the season, several of Roman’s key players from the PIAA 4A championship team graduated and head coach Chris McNesby resigned to spend […]

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South Philadelphia: Coach Finds Passion for Educating Through Basketball

South Philadelphia: Coach Finds Passion for Educating Through Basketball

Coach Troy Holiday took a circuitous route to rediscover his love for basketball. The New Jersey native was once himself a standout basketball player at Germantown Academy before attending Loyola University Maryland. After graduating, he became a salesman for a biotech company. But when the sales force for the company was released, Holiday was stuck […]

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