Sports

 By Christopher Campellone and Rachel Halkias

North Central: Two Coaches Lead Their Players On and Off the Court

North Central: Two Coaches Lead Their Players On and Off the Court

Isaac Young didn’t always have a passion for basketball. As a 5-foot-10-inch 8th-grader, he simply was not interested. One year and a 6-inch growth spurt later, a basketball coach at Benjamin Franklin High School recognized Young’s potential and gave him an ultimatum. “He said I would definitely be playing basketball for him, and if I […]

 By Caitlin Burns and Thomas Dougherty

Strawberry Mansion: Friends of Sedgley Woods Fight Pollution and Crime

Strawberry Mansion: Friends of Sedgley Woods Fight Pollution and Crime

Never before has a group been named so aptly. The Friends of Sedgley Woods are truly friends in the most sincere sense of the word. “All of us here are good friends and we come together from all walks of life. From the homeless to millionaires, we are here in Fairmount Park to play a […]

 By Ari Charlestein

Praying and Playing in Synagogue Softball League

Praying and Playing in Synagogue Softball League

Religious institutions are a great place to meet like-minded people. Whether at your local church or synagogue, chances are, you are likely to connect with the people around you. But, what if you want to get together during the week, or on the weekends outside the religious edifice? For synagogues in the Philadelphia area, the […]

 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

Brewerytown: Neighborhood Boxer Inducted into Hall of Fame

In a city with a history of great boxers, it’s easy to overlook one: Brewerytown’s Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown. On May 16, however, Brown was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame–an honor he feels is a bit overdue. “I think I should have been in earlier,” says Brown. “It is what it is […]

 By Lauren Herman

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Three groups of young people practice for future swim competitions with the support of their coaches and parents three nights a week at the Pickett Pool. The Indo-Pacific Sailfish Aquatics Club, Polar Bears Aquatics Club and Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team are groups comprised of serious athletes ranging in age from five to 18 […]

 By Jimmy Viola and Pete Dorchak

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

South Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Arts in the City of Boxing

The chain-link cage doors are locked shut. A hush falls over the arena. The referee gives the signal. Two warriors collide in the center of the cage. The cheering of the crowd punctuates every thud of flesh hitting flesh. Mixed martial arts have a new home in Philadelphia. Matrix Fights held their inaugural event on […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein

West Philadelphia: Youth Hockey Foundation Strives for Success in the Game of Life

West Philadelphia: Youth Hockey Foundation Strives for Success in the Game of Life

At the Laura Sims Skate House at Cobbs Creek Park in West Philadelphia, participants in the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation are taught more than just the game of hockey; they are also coached in the game of life. “The most important lesson you learn from the Ed Snider program is respect,” said Stephen Taylor, […]

 By Kymberly Bays

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

Kensington: Ministry Reaching At-Risk Teens Through Boxing

It’s an unlikely scene just half a block from the Kensington and Somerset stop under the Market-Frankford line. Amid the shadows of “the El” and barely past the illicit activities of the intersection, there is a building that’s easy to miss. It doesn’t help that at one time it was vacant for 15 years. Marked […]

 By Rachel Horning

Soccer: The Importance of Team

Soccer: The Importance of Team

The area around Third and Fairmount streets is generally a quiet residential block.  But on Thursday nights from six to  nine, the sidewalks shake and ears ring with sounds of kids yelling and balls bouncing. At the Northern Liberties Recreational Center, a ragamuffin team of both coaches and players gather to play soccer. But why? […]

 By John Casey

The Flyers’ Unofficial Mascot

The Flyers’ Unofficial Mascot

It has become a third period tradition at Flyers’ games in section 219 of the Wachovia Center. A guy dressed in bright orange dances to the delight of the Flyer faithful during television timeouts. That guy is Shawn Hill, a 22-year-old Rowan University senior. Over the past three seasons Flyers’ fans have come to know […]