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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…

2017 Collegiate Summer Camp Series – Meet Our Head Coaches May 31, 2017

Week 1 (Philadelphia University) – Head Coach, Jim Reilly Jimmy Reilly has been the top Assistant Coach at Philadelphia University under HerbMagee, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach, since May 2007. Coach Reilly also serves as the athletics department’s coordinator of conference events, and is responsible for the Team’s’ strength and conditioning program, the guard development program, on-court instruction, and in-game defensive adjustments. During his time at Philadelphia University, the team made appeared in four NCAA Tournaments, won two…

Event Highlight – Girls Empowerment Program May 31, 2017

  On Saturday, May 13th, Philadelphia Youth Basketball, in partnership with Philly Triple Threat and with the help of 20 volunteers, hosted its inaugural Girls Empowerment Program. Approximately 60 middle and high school aged girls participated in the event, which included basketball skill development, competitive gameplay, and personal-development activities centered around the question of what it means to be a female student athlete. While PYB is committed to serving all young people in Philadelphia, we believe that providing gender-specific programming to the…

X’s and O’s by Kenny Holdsman – May 2017 May 31, 2017

In early June 2017, Philadelphia Youth Basketball will celebrate its 2nd Birthday and prepare for the second year of its Collegiate Summer Camp Series. With this landmark accomplishment in mind, it is important to reflect upon the organization’s mission statement and commitment to empowering young people as students, athletes, and positive leaders. To achieve this mission, we are creating and delivering high quality programming in each of these three domains. Intentionality and purposefulness is required to have an impact in…

Staff Member Spotlight – MaryKate O’Brien May 31, 2017

Starting as a full-time employee in February 2017, MaryKate is a relatively new member of the Philadelphia Youth Basketball team, but was born and raised in the Philadelphia basketball world. MaryKate grew up in Lafayette Hill, a suburb of Philadelphia, and played basketball competitively since she was seven years old.  For MaryKate basketball is a family game – her Uncle played for Drexel Men’s Basketball from 1982-1986; her father played at La Salle high school, worked as a coach for ten years…

“Back Board” Member Profile – Brad Denning May 31, 2017

Joining the PYB movement “just seemed right” for newly added board member, Brad Denning.  “It was not a question of if I would get involved with PYB but when I would get involved,” Brad stated.  Thankfully for PYB, Brad joined the diverse PYB Board of Directors in March and has already made a significant impact on the organization. “I’ve played basketball for as long as I can remember, starting with pick-up games in the neighborhoods where I grew up in…

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