Amateur Sports

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Fox Chase: How A Hockey Coach Intertwines Sport And Family

Fox Chase: How A Hockey Coach Intertwines Sport And Family

Lawncrest resident Rick Heydt is entering his 11th year coaching in the Fox Chase Roller Hockey league. He currently coaches the Under-16 team, but he previously directed the Under-10 and Under-8 teams as well. Although Heydt has spent most of his time behind the bench, his love for hockey goes much deeper than coaching. Heydt grew […]

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Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

It’s 10 a.m. Saturday when the young, aspiring basketball players of Hank Gathers Recreation Center trickle into the gymnasium. By 11 a.m., practice has started. The gym is full as coaches Rodney Richardson and George Major order push-ups and suicides to warm up. The Hank Gathers basketball program has seen its successes including participants and […]

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Callowhill: Mission Accomplished for Roman Catholic Point Guard Lynn Greer III

Callowhill: Mission Accomplished for Roman Catholic Point Guard Lynn Greer III

As Lynn Greer III warmed up in the layup line before Roman Catholic High School’s game against Neumann-Goretti just over a year ago, the freshman felt pain he never suffered before. When he landed, Greer’s tendon peeled back from his knee cap, but it didn’t totally separate from the knee. So, instead of playing at […]

 

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

The significance isn’t lost on Cyri Coates. Every time the senior on the Overbrook High School basketball team walks into the school’s Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Gym, he sees the images of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer around the gym. He sees the red and orange banner representing Chamberlain’s retired No. 5 jersey hanging on […]

 

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 […]

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