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Collegiate Summer Camp Series – Recap and Outlook June 30, 2017

On June 19th, Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) kicked off its first week of our Collegiate Summer Camp Series at Philadelphia University. Throughout the week a total of 55 campers participated in full camp days packed with basketball skills and drills, competitive gameplay, and daily academic lessons. Jim Reilly, Philadelphia University’s Assistant Head Coach, was the head coach of the camp week. Coach Reilly pushed the campers to through daily morning station work and competitive afternoon games where each and every…

Staff Member Spotlight – Raheem Islam June 30, 2017

When he was younger, Raheem Islam’s father told him, “Approach everything with the same tenacity you approach sports with, and you will be just as successful in life as you are in sports.” In sports, Raheem played basketball at Central High School in Philadelphia and went on to become captain of the West Chester University Men’s Basketball Team in college. However, his tenacity and passion for cooking has led him to build Dr. Jerkinstein, a catering service used by Philadelphia…

“Back Board” Member Profile – Coach Bill Ellerbee June 30, 2017

Coach Bill Ellerbee is a legendary coach in the Philadelphia basketball community. Throughout his life of coaching, which includes 20 years as head coach of Simon Gratz High School and a stint as Temple University’s Assistant, Coach Bill Ellerbee has served as a role model for hundreds of young people in Philadelphia. Coach Ellerbee understands the significant role mentorship plays in the lives of young people, and he strives to have a positive influence on all of the players he coaches….

X’s and O’s by Kenny Holdsman – June 2017 June 29, 2017

Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) is steadfast in its belief that all of its programming MUST include an educational component that promotes critical thinking and academic skill building.  While our basketball drilling, teaching, and game play surely offers such opportunities for imparting many life lessons, we are committed to ensuring that our young people grow intellectually and academically. Presently, we are in week two of our Collegiate Summer Camp Series.  In the same way that our school-year Middle School Partnership Program…

Event Highlight – PYB Summer Camp BBQ June 29, 2017

On Wednesday June 21st, Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) hosted its Collegiate Summer Camp Series BBQ at the home of Ed and Brucie Baumstein in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. The Baumsteins were gracious hosts who not only opened their home (and pool!) to the PYB community, but also their NCAA regulation indoor basketball court for a wonderful evening of food, fun, and fundraising. The BBQ was critical in helping PYB’s end of fiscal year fundraising push, during which we attempted to raise $25,000…

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