Amateur Sports

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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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South Philadelphia: Athletics Crucial to Success of Southern

South Philadelphia: Athletics Crucial to Success of Southern

To find some of Philadelphia’s richest athletic history, one has to look no further than the halls of South Philadelphia High School. Trophy cases and plaques line the corridors, celebrating everyone from Eddie Gottlieb, one of the founding fathers of the NBA in 1946, to Lionel Simmons, a standout star at La Salle University who […]

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South Philadelphia: Osagame’s Athletes Fall For Judo And Self-Defense Classes

South Philadelphia: Osagame’s Athletes Fall For Judo And Self-Defense Classes

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. Incidents can be found in most, if not all, communities across the country. People have looked to different methods to combat domestic violence and physical assaults. Most methods have included weapons such as […]

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South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

The world can be a dangerous place. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic violence cases made up nearly 21 percent of violent victimization nationwide from 2003 to 2012. Acknowledging that danger can strike anywhere at any moment, organizations have shifted their focus toward how to combat or avoid a bad situation before it actually happens. […]

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Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Boxing in today’s Philadelphia is not what it once was. On Dec. 10, 1968, Joe Frazier defended his world heavyweight title against Oscar Bonavena inside the city’s Spectrum. The 3-1 favorite, Frazier, won by unanimous decision after 15 rounds. With 10,000 spectators watching the fight, the excitement of boxing in Philadelphia was at an all-time […]

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Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Amateur Sports: A New Wave of Philadelphia Fighters

Philadelphia is a fighting city. And as the sport of boxing continues to fall in popularity, a new crew of fighters are earning their stripes in a different discipline: jiu jitsu. Fighters like Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder, who holds a 12-3 record in his 15 professional fights. Felder trains under Daniel Gracie, owner of […]

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