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Camp Interns Join PYB Staff this Summer June 30, 2016

We are delighted to be employing a cadre of terrific students, leaders, and mentors in our inaugural corporate-based and camp-based intern program.  Our corporate-based interns are immersed in a variety of marketing, fundraising, and organization-building projects, and our camp-based interns have been the backbone of our Collegiate Summer Camp Series. These student-athlete coaches have been busy leading drills on the court, delivering our academic program in the classroom, and building meaningful relationships with young people throughout our city. Here is…

Program Staff Profile – Dhaamin Stukes June 30, 2016

As part of the educational component to our recently kicked-off Collegiate Summer Camp Series, we have included in each week a day in the classroom to teach young people about the importance of having a coach as a positive mentor in their lives. For proof of that positive impact, the campers in these classrooms need only to look towards our Deputy Program Director here at Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Dhaamin Stukes. As a youth basketball coach for almost 25 years in…

Back Board Member Profile – John Langel June 30, 2016

For someone born outside the Philadelphia area, Ballard Spahr partner and Philadelphia Youth Basketball Board Chairman, John Langel, is about as intertwined with the city’s basketball community as one could possibly be since joining Ballard in 1975. He has spent time as the 76ers chief negotiator in contract talks with the likes of World B. Free, Bobby Jones, and the great Julius Erving. He represented St. Joseph’s icon Matt Goukas’ in the deal that made him the first ever head coach…

X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman June 30, 2016

If you have been following PYB’s programs this past year – our after-school Middle School Partnership Program, and now our Collegiate Summer Camp Series – you may have noticed several trends, many of which are a direct reflection of our organization’s mission to empower young people as students, athletes, and positive leaders. Programmatically, we have carefully crafted PYB’s experiences to incorporate basketball skill-building and game play, academic enrichment and supports, leadership development, exposure to high-quality college campuses and facilities, and…

Group Enrollment Initiative for Collegiate Summer Camp Series June 14, 2016

Today we are launching our Group Enrollment Initiative for our Collegiate Summer Camp Series!   The value of teamwork is paramount both in basketball and in life, and we are eager to help play a part in fostering cohesive team and group environments in which young people can thrive.  The development of the academic, basketball, and leadership skills that PYB camps offer can come together to create positive and fulfilling group cultures that can be extended to the surrounding young communities of…

Philly-Bred Tony Chennault Visits PYB June 2, 2016

We are grateful to former-Neumann Goretti and Villanova University point guard Tony Chennault for stopping by our offices on Thursday, June 2nd for a conversation with PYB leaders and our corporate-based and camp-based college interns. Tony stressed the importance of education, mentorship, and opportunities beyond basketball among other goals for helping the young people of our city. Tony grew up in the Olney area of Philadelphia and gained a reputation as a truly special player as he worked his way…

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