Sports

 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 […]

 By Joe Osborne and Laura D'Alfonso

Somerton: Sending a Message to Ballplayers and Their Families

Somerton: Sending a Message to Ballplayers and Their Families

Kids who play baseball and softball in the Northeast Peanut League (NEPL) were forced to stop for one week–not just because some of them were acting out of line–but their parents and coaches were as well. The league’s president, Frank Connelly, gave the executive order to quell the disorderly behavior. “Prior to the beginning of May is […]

 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 […]