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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 […]

 

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

The Big Five college basketball teams in Philadelphia – Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle, Pennsylvania and Villanova – each have their own strategies for how they go about evaluating a player’s talent and how to attract them to their school. It’s up to the players to decide if one of these schools fits them better than any other […]

 

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

Amateur Sports: Sports Groups are Important for Mental Health

The physical benefits of sports and exercise have long been established. Staying active can help fight disease, improve your immune system and show better character traits to help you develop as a person. But what about the mental health side of sports? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common […]

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Amateur Sports: Where People Run Around On Broomsticks and Peg People with Dodgeballs

Amateur Sports: Where People Run Around On Broomsticks and Peg People with Dodgeballs

The name of the game is quidditch. Based off J.K. Rowling’s fantasy literature series Harry Potter, United States Qudditch was founded in 2010. Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport that is a mixture of dodgeball, flag football and rugby. There are seven athletes on the field for each team at all times, and players must […]

 

Fishtown: ZogSportsPHL Giving Back to Charity Through Amateur Sports

Fishtown: ZogSportsPHL Giving Back to Charity Through Amateur Sports

On the Morning of 9/11, Robert Herzog was on his way to work. His office building was located on the 96th floor of World Trade Center One (North Tower). That morning, he did things he didn’t usually do. He hit the snooze button twice. He usually took an express train but took a different one […]

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Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Those around him have often recognized Officer Ernest Pollard (above) for his dedication and desire to help others inside of the Goldie Paley PAL Center, as well as on the streets of Philadelphia … and on the basketball court. The Paley PAL Center, located on Germantown Avenue, is where Pollard spends much of his time during the […]