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Volunteer Spotlight – Casey Langel April 28, 2017

Casey Langel has been a part of PYB since its very first organizational meeting. In spring 2015 his father, John Langel, along with Mayor Kenney, Coach Dunphy, Coach Martelli, Coach Staley, Coach Ellerbee and several of PYB’s current board members gathered to plan the start of what is now our 23-month-old organization!  Contemplating that first meeting, Casey remarked, “while sharing stories of our Philly basketball experiences, formulating a vision for PYB, and working to secure funding for a college camp…

Back Board Member – Olin Chamberlain April 28, 2017

Last month Philadelphia Youth Basketball welcomed a board member, Olin Chamberlain, to our diverse cohort of professionals dedicated to our mission of serving the young people of Philadelphia. We were lucky enough to catch up with Olin to learn more about his love for the game of basketball, his rich family history and his passion being involved in a movement that is “bigger than the game.” A Vice President of Market Growth and Business Development at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage…

April Madness 2017 – Event Highlight April 28, 2017

On April 7th and 8th, PYB hosted its Second Annual April Madness Fundraiser. The two day event kicked off with a “Night Before the Madness” VIP Reception at the Field House Philly where tournament sponsors, team captains, PYB board members and advocates had the opportunity to enjoy music, food and drink with like-minded individuals who are passionate about Philadelphia, basketball, and holistic youth development. During “The Night Before the Madness”, guests had the opportunity to learn more about PYB and…

X’s and O’s by Kenny Holdsman – April April 28, 2017

On Monday morning’s at 10:00 am, the PYB staff team gathers for our weekly meeting.  We review a variety of “work flow” related to programming, special events, board committees, fundraising, and community partnerships.  The “meat” of the conversation is sandwiched with a quick warm-up and then a closing reflection about an area of continuous, organizational improvement. On March 20, our Program Director Eric Worley, who is also the father of two basketball playing daughters, commented in the warm-up about the disparity…

Upcoming Event – Girls Empowerment Program April 28, 2017

On May 13th, Philadelphia Youth Basketball in partnership with Philly Triple Threat will host its 1st Annual Girls Empowerment Program.  This inaugural event will focus on empowering female student athletes through skill development, health and wellness lessons, and off-court facilitated discussions. Our goal is to create an environment where women and girls can share their stories, embrace their identity as a female student athlete and continue to grow as strong leaders, students and athletes. For more information about the event…

X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman – February February 28, 2017

PYB will be employing for its second summer a cadre of college student interns.  Our corporate-based interns will work out of our headquarters at Ballard Spahr, shouldering real responsibility with various projects related to the building of our organization.  Our camp-based interns will serve as coaches and mentors at our summer camps which are held on college campuses across the city.  All of our interns will participate in an array of interactive learning seminars related to topics including non-profit leadership,…

2nd Annual April Madness – Event Preview February 28, 2017

On April 8th, 2017, PYB will host its 2nd Annual April Madness Fundraiser at the Palestra, “The Cathedral of Basketball”, on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Last year, 12 men’s teams participated in a day of competitive basketball, awareness building, and fundraising for our 2016 Collegiate Summer Camp Series.  Over 200 spectators from across the basketball community, including Mayor Kenney and several of the City 6 coaches, participated in the day’s events and helped PYB raise scholarship funds to support…

Case for Building PYB’s Future Youth Basketball and Education Center February 28, 2017

Philadelphia Youth Basketball was founded to create transformative experiences for young people through the combination of a premier organization, program, and center.  Since PYB’s formation in spring of 2015, the staff team, Board of Directors, and volunteer and leadership groups, have worked hard to advance all parts of the organization in a reflective and results-driven manner.  In addition to our organizational accomplishments, we are proud of our programmatic triumphs. PYB currently offers two core programs, the Middle School Partnership Program,…

Program Staff Profile – Vance McNear February 28, 2017

Philadelphia, academia, and athletics.  For Vance McNear, these three areas largely encompass his significant life experiences, important daily work, and his ongoing values and being.  In his current role as an Academic Mentor within PYB’s Middle School Partnership Program, an afterschool and weekend program executed through a partnership with six middle schools in North Philadelphia, Vance is able to continue to embody all three attributes. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Vance attended Roman Catholic High School where he shined…

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