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Juniata Park: MVP360 Offers More Than Just Sports

Juniata Park: MVP360 Offers More Than Just Sports

Lighthouse Field is home of the Philadelphia Eagles. No, not the Eagles you’re probably thinking of, but the Eagles flag football team. Find yourself at the field on a Saturday and you may have a chance to see them in action. The Eagles flag football team is part of MVP360, a nonprofit leadership development program […]

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Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Hunting Park: Mentor Uses Education and Squash Experience To Enrich Youth

Scott Redpath is the program director of SquashSmarts located at the Lenfest Center on 10th and Pike Streets. Since graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2009, the Philly native has been mentoring students both in the United States and overseas. Redpath was stationed in Romania through the United States Peace Corps where he taught English as a foreign […]

 

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Sweat trickled down muscled backs, down onto the blue canvas stretched over a wooden frame which was pieced together by a carpenter from down the block. Fluorescent lights flickered over the glory of former champions pasted across the walls, under the watch of a small wooden cross. Sgt. Mike Rafferty leaned lightly on the ropes, […]

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South Philadelphia: Barry Playground’s Renovation From Public Funding Is Paying Dividends

South Philadelphia: Barry Playground’s Renovation From Public Funding Is Paying Dividends

If you build it, they will come. Recreation centers and urban parks serve as places for people in the busy city lifestyles to escape it all without really having to leave the city limits. From leisure to exercise, people of all ages use these resources. “An interesting trend that I’ve noticed is the more people […]

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South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

South Philadelphia: Roger Artigiani Brings Change to 2300 Arena

Roger Artigiani talks about his arena like he is showing off a prized possession. “This is what we have planned for the one wall,” he said while proudly showing a picture of a mural of the Walt Whitman Bridge. “It’s gonna look great.” The mural will soon become one of the many changes Artigiani has […]

 

Graduate Hospital: Ryan Howard Facility Proves A Hit With Young Ballplayers

Graduate Hospital: Ryan Howard Facility Proves A Hit With Young Ballplayers

Although Ryan Howard‘s time with the Philadelphia Phillies has come to an end, his impact in Philadelphia is far from over. On a rainy fall night, more than a dozen aspiring baseball players worked on their swings at the new Ryan Howard Training Center, part of the Phillies’ Urban Youth Academy, located at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in Graduate […]

 

Kensington: Handball Brings Hope

Kensington: Handball Brings Hope

All year round and no matter the weather, Kensington echoes with the unmistakable “plop” sound of a rubber ball bouncing off concrete. Handball is being played, and the 100 block of West Berks Street is where Towey Playground is found. Here stands one of the many handball courts in North Philadelphia, a hallmark of the community where […]

 

Olde Kensington: More Than One Game At Everybody Hits Batting Cages

Olde Kensington: More Than One Game At Everybody Hits Batting Cages

For David Gavigan, baseball never ends. Traditionally a spring sport for most high schools and colleges, many neighborhood youth leagues have extended the season into the fall. But bats are generally silent for the rest of the year. Except at Everybody Hits. Gavigan (below right) opened his batting cages at 529 W. Girard Ave. in May 2013. The fun-themed indoor batting […]

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Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

Amateur Sports: Five Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Helping Lead the Craze

From “Rocky” to the Blue Horizon boxing venue to Front Street Gym in Kensington, this city has always been a fighting town. But as boxing gyms and venues close around the city, mixed martial arts is gaining in popularity. Training, cage fighting and dance are becoming more common as a rich Brazilian MMA scene is forming around the city. At […]

 

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

East Oak Lane: African American Boy Scouts’ Troop Has Difficulty With Generating New Committee Members

Since 1910, the Boys Scouts of America have been shaping young men from all over the nation into the next leaders of our country. At the Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, the scouts of Troop 19 are taught how to be responsible, knowledgeable, and self-sufficient with the help of their head Scoutmaster Alvin Mitchell and his […]