Sports

 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

[vimeo 18637179] 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 […]

 By Emily Freisher

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

[vimeo 20374832] 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 […]

 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 […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Baseball has been a staple of early life for generations of American youths, but in some inner-city neighborhoods many children never get a chance to get in the game. In communities where parents sometimes struggle to keep their kids in school and off the streets, extra-curricular activities like baseball have often taken a backseat. “Baseball […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

The Logan Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, located at The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1100 W. Rockland St., is one of the smallest in Philadelphia.  Yet there is a gigantic amount of hard work and volunteering that goes into giving the neighborhood kids a place off of the streets. Sharon Wells has been operating […]

 By Rebecca Howe

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

The Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA) Memorial Day Hat Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Monday morning. On PADA time, however, that means things will generally get going by around 11 a.m. All are invited and every skill level is welcome. Once today’s volunteer organizers suspect that the bulk of people who will show up have—today […]

 By Matt La Padula, Keith Bellomo and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Bellies up to the bar and cold beers in front of them, brothers Victor and Louis Martins cannot agree. Outside, Philadelphia’s first heat wave of the summer is as good a reason as any to hide out at the local watering hole, but the pair is not here to escape the sun. On the other […]

 By Gabrielle DiPietro

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

Queen Village: Residents Try to Save Their Tennis Courts

The debris of winter past blows circles around the hard clay court at Weccacoe Playground. Donna Pancari and Kevin Parker take turns sweeping at the piles of dried leaves and scattered trash screaming mutual directions over the rumblings of a leaf blower. A man in a straw hat, printed shirt and cargo shorts prepares the […]