Sports

 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 […]

 By Evan Macy

Brewerytown: Where Champions Were Brewed

Brewerytown: Where Champions Were Brewed

Dave Jordan went to 47 baseball games when he was a young boy between 1948 and 1952. His team lost 41 of them. On Wednesday the Philadelphia Phillies lost game six of the World Series to American League foes, the New York Yankees. Though the fall of the beloved and dynamic Phillies will be one […]

 By Emily Freisher

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

There is one place in West Philadelphia where fighting is acceptable. High-flying kicks and swiftly moving bodies pass back and forth across the room. The sound of sneakers hitting the floor—and sometimes skin—is drowned out by the rhythmic drum music reverberating through the room. Someone shouts out directions over the thumping bass and others listen, […]

 By Sean Supplee and Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

For over 100 years Pennypack Park has provided Philadelphians with a place to do numerous activities. One can walk, jog, roller blade, play a game of baseball or simply just relax and enjoy nature. The park, which covers almost 1,400 acres, is part of the Fairmount Park system. It is one of the most popular […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: All Stars Play Ball Through It All

Strawberry Mansion: All Stars Play Ball Through It All

By 5 p.m. the sun was still scorching the kids wearing their uniforms in the playoff game between the two co-ed teams: the Little B.I.s and the Big Legends. The first pitch bounced slightly in front of the plate and glided into the catcher’s mitt. On the second pitch, Kahaliff Lisby swung and missed the […]