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South Philadelphia: Osagame’s Athletes Fall For Judo And Self-Defense Classes

South Philadelphia: Osagame’s Athletes Fall For Judo And Self-Defense Classes

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. Incidents can be found in most, if not all, communities across the country. People have looked to different methods to combat domestic violence and physical assaults. Most methods have included weapons such as […]

 

South Philadelphia: Bocce League Preserves Italian Tradition

South Philadelphia: Bocce League Preserves Italian Tradition

Growing up in South Philadelphia, Larry Del Spechio spent a lot of time around bocce courts. He hardly played, though. “When we were young, we couldn’t play because the old guys didn’t want you to,” said Del Spechio, who now lives in South Jersey. “They used to say, ‘Watch it and listen to what we […]

 

Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

The youths of Philadelphia are growing up in dangerous times. The city’s 2013 Youth Violence Prevention Plan states that, “Over the past six years, 5,051 young Philadelphians ages 14 to 24 have been shot or killed.” The coaching staff of the Olney Eagles tries to keep their players away from violence by giving them a safe, supportive environment […]

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South Philadelphia: Karate Instructor Builds Confidence Through Discipline

South Philadelphia: Karate Instructor Builds Confidence Through Discipline

Jason Helmer’s passion for martial arts came from an unusual place. “I was in high school working and one of the mailmen in the neighborhood mentioned karate,” Helmer said. “I was a big Steven Seagal fan, believe it or not.” Helmer is now the owner and senior instructor at Amerikick Martial Arts in South Philadelphia, […]

 

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

Joe Messina loves the art of pitching. Involved in baseball in South Philadelphia for the past quarter-century, Messina has been an assistant coach for the Neumann-Goretti High School baseball team for the past 11 years. He has held the title of pitching coach for the last eight. “I’m a pitching guy through and through,” said […]

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South Philadelphia: Rec Leader Guides Former Recreation Center

South Philadelphia: Rec Leader Guides Former Recreation Center

Anthony Spadaccini spent countless hours as a kid at Barry Playground. Whether it was playing basketball, baseball or football, Barry was a second home for Spadaccini. That still holds true today, as Spadaccini, 46, is in his sixth year working as the recreation leader at the playground in his old neighborhood. With a background as […]

 

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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South Philadelphia: Tennis Coach Bryan Hughes Encourages Community To Live An Active Lifestyle

South Philadelphia: Tennis Coach Bryan Hughes Encourages Community To Live An Active Lifestyle

From growing up on South Eighth Street to teaching tennis at Markward Playground, South Philadelphia Tennis Association (SPTA) President Bryan Hughes has been giving back to the community he calls home. Urging people of all ages to get off their couches and get involved in the community, Hughes has helped South Philadelphians achieve this mission with tennis. What has […]

 

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 […]

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