Sports

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

In April 2006, a center unlike any other opened at 4842 Ridge Ave., close to Manayunk and East Falls. The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center provides tennis training and classes to all of Philadelphia, along with the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey. The center uses tennis to help kids ages 4 to 18 maintain […]

 By Steve Boese and Rebecca Savedow

Germantown: Masjid Muhammad Brings Community into the Ring

Germantown: Masjid Muhammad Brings Community into the Ring

Masjid Muhammad is 50,000 square feet of community. It’s physical space, located on 414 E. Penn St., provides much more to the neighborhood than just a place for worship. In addition to offering patrons a place to pray, it contains a small general store, a take-out deli, a boxing gym, a beauty salon and a spa. […]

 By Amay Smith and Matthew Surden

Hunting Park: Parents Brave Bitter Cold to Cheer on Sons

Hunting Park: Parents Brave Bitter Cold to Cheer on Sons

Slippery patches of ice and an inches-deep layer of crunchy snow coat the walkways of Hunting Park, waiting to take down any residents who venture into the bitter cold. With the temperature hovering somewhere in the teens, it’s no surprise that the sidewalks of the neighborhood are bare of pedestrians out to enjoy the day. […]

 By Alex Onkow

Kensington: Flag Football More Than Fun and Games

Kensington: Flag Football More Than Fun and Games

About six years ago, three churches and a handful of young men set up a flag football league. The purpose of the league was more than just to have fun, it was going to be an outlet for youth to interact with adults, develop faith and grow as individuals. Today, six more churches and about […]

 By Shaun Gallagher

Somerton: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School Opens

Somerton: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu School Opens

In the Northeast, the mixed martial arts craze has hit in the form of Kozma BJJ. This Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school offers students the opportunity to learn a valuable grappling technique used in MMA fighting. Owner Pete Kozma said he started the school after he earned his purple belt in only a year and a half, […]

 By Ari Charlestein

Strawberry Mansion: Health and Happiness Thanks to Golf

Strawberry Mansion: Health and Happiness Thanks to Golf

Ever since he was a caddy for middle- and upper-class white men in 1950s, Roosevelt Wilmore has been in love with the game of golf. “You can call it a drug. Whatever it is, I’m hooked.” From the very beginning it was hard for him to find ways to play, given the color of his […]

 By Eric Pellini

Kensington: Home of Mixed Martial Arts Champ

Kensington: Home of Mixed Martial Arts Champ

It’s noon on a Saturday. Approximately 200 barefoot men are filling a South Philly gym.  Large black mats line the floors and the smell of sweat is beginning to permeate the room. The same concentrated expression can be found on all of the men’s faces, and onlookers are taking caution as the sound of legs […]

 By Joe Osborne and Laura D'Alfonso

Lawncrest: Baseball and Boxing Serve Youth in the Community

Lawncrest: Baseball and Boxing Serve Youth in the Community

With one of the more unique community athletics offerings in the entire Northeast, Heavy Hitta’s Boxing in Lawncrest has rapidly grown since the days in which its members sparred on the open field behind Lawncrest Recreation Center. The swift advance speaks to not only the dedication of the club’s coaches and members, but to the […]

 By Joe Osborne and Laura D'Alfonso

Fox Chase: Making Sports Work for Kids

Fox Chase: Making Sports Work for Kids

As youngsters, we rarely considered the time and effort that went into running the machine pitch baseball teams we played for, much less the work it took getting us runts to play a remotely coherent seven innings. Looking at expansive youth athletics organizations like Fox-Rok Athletics Association, one wonders what has made this community staple […]

 By Harris Mailman and Dariel Johnson

Hunting Park: Keeping Kids’ Heads In the Game and Out of Trouble

Hunting Park: Keeping Kids’ Heads In the Game and Out of Trouble

Fourteen-year-old Tyrell Peterson has been playing basketball in Hunting Park since he was old enough to pick one up. His mother, Tamika Hall, supports his love for the game and vows to ultimately let him choose his path. “Basketball is his thing, not mine,” she says. “And I would never take that from him. It’s […]