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Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

As a sixth grade student, Dontae Privette walked by the Kingsessing Recreation Center every day to get to school. “I’ve always just been connected to Kingsessing and this neighborhood,” said Privette, who grew up nearby in West Philadelphia. Now he’s constantly at the center, where he works as the executive director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, […]

 

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

A kickstand jammed its way into a windblown patch of grass at the top of a hill on Radnor High School’s campus. Black rotating tires on a three-wheeled stroller stopped spinning as a small baby was hoisted from the seat and cradled in the arms of Aminta Ghilyard. Ghilyard, the assistant coach with Eyekonz Sports […]

 

Concussion Series: The Tau of Brain Injuries

Concussion Series: The Tau of Brain Injuries

The brain is a complicated organ. Containing billions of neurons, it is responsible for controlling the body, from reflexes to memories to body organs. In a way, it acts as a central computer, storing a variety of data for a person to use later. For 15 years, Dr. Dianne Langford, a neurologist at Temple University’s […]

 

Concussion Series: ““You Almost Don’t Know What a Concussion is Like Until You Go Through One.”

Concussion Series:  ““You Almost Don’t Know What a Concussion is Like Until You Go Through One.”

From the turf field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, one can hear the high-pitched frequency of whistles blowing mixed with the unmistakable sounds of coaches yelling as the St. Joseph’s Prep lacrosse team practices. The time is now 5:30. Practice is almost over with only 30 minutes remaining. Head coach Andy German is […]

 

Concussion Series: “All Athletes are Taught to be Tough.”

Concussion Series: “All Athletes are Taught to be Tough.”

In sports, one play can change everything. For Tracy Yatsko, then a 17-year-old athlete for Tamaqua Area High School located in Schuylkill County, PA, that play occurred during a basketball game. Jumping for a loose ball, Yatkso hit her head against an opponent’s. The result – a concussion. According to Jefferson University Hospitals’ Comprehensive Concussion […]

 

North Philadelphia: Andy German of The Prep Says, “It All Comes Down to Coaching.”

North Philadelphia: Andy German of The Prep Says, “It All Comes Down to Coaching.”

Andy German is about to begin his first season as the head coach of St. Joseph’s Prep‘s lacrosse team. He was hired in October, replacing Eric Gregg, who stepped down after a six year tenure. Prior to taking The Prep job, German was an assistant coach at Villanova University, serving as their defensive coordinator from 2012-2014 […]

 

Pennsport: Athletic Association Brings Neighborhood Together

Pennsport: Athletic Association Brings Neighborhood Together

The ding of an aluminum bat echoes across the baseball diamond at Front and Moore streets in Pennsport. Parents cheer as a twelve-year-old boy races to first base, then to second. For Edward O’Malley Athletic Association President Ed McBride, this is just another day at the office. McBride has been president of the association, better […]

 

Pennsport: Organization Helps Philly Girls Improve Skills For Lacrosse And Life

Pennsport: Organization Helps Philly Girls Improve Skills For Lacrosse And Life

When Beth Devine quit her job to focus on fitness full time, she knew things were getting serious. Devine, founder of the organization Philly Girls in Motion, has been a coach and athlete for many years.  Now she has the opportunity to share her passion for athletics with a new generation of girls. Philly Girls […]

 

Amateur Sports: Fusion Changing Perceptions of Lacrosse

Amateur Sports: Fusion Changing Perceptions of Lacrosse

After growing tired of baseball, Philadelphia native Steven Holmes decided to enter into the lacrosse world. He fell in love with the sport. With years of experience in competitive college and professional box lacrosse, an indoor version of the sport, Holmes decided to switch roles and start coaching. His passion for coaching and love of […]

 By Kelsey Kondraski and Shayna Kleinberg

Health Beat: Philly Girls in Motion Gets Young Ladies Up and Moving

[vimeo 89371076] After a long career in sports – coaching, running fitness programs for two schools in the suburbs and teaming up with others to run a large basketball clinic in South Philadelphia – Beth Devine realized that it wasn’t the suburbs that were in need of fitness programs for young girls, but the city […]