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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…

Back Board Member – Nadya Shmavonian February 28, 2017

Philadelphia Youth Basketball’s Board is an eclectic and dynamic group of basketball enthusiasts grounded by the common passion to provide opportunities for young people to reach their fullest potential.  However, few people share such a deep-rooted passion for nonprofits and youth development as Nadya Shmavonian.  A mother of three and lifelong athlete, Nadya has dedicated her professional career to working with private foundations and nonprofits. Nadya has a B.A. from The University of Chicago and a M.B.A from the University…

2017 April Madness February 10, 2017

Event Description What: A 5 on 5 adult tournament featuring a men’s competitive bracket, and men’s recreational bracket, and a women’s bracket. Teams will have the opportunity to play at one of the most iconic basketball gyms in the country during its 90th anniversary year, receive customized PYB gear, be featured in media outlets throughout the events, including highlight reel and pictures with VIP guests. In addition to having games running from 9:00am-6:00pm, there will also be a family fun…

Professional Staff Profile – Rob Meyer January 30, 2017

PYB gained a valuable asset last November when Rob Meyer joined our small but mighty team, as the Capital Campaign Director & Major Gifts Officer.  A native New Yorker, Rob most recently worked as the Chief Development Officer for JEVS Human Services, one of the largest private nonprofit organizations in the Delaware Valley.  Prior to his time at JEVS, Meyer served for 25 years for the Jewish Federation, in Fund Development leadership positions in New York, Baltimore, and Sarasota (FL),…

Back Board Member – Dick Voith January 30, 2017

For PYB board member, Dick Voith, basketball is a family business. He and his wife Daniela both played collegiate basketball at Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College.  Their only child, Nina Voith, also played at Haverford College where she was the Women’s All-Time Leading Scorer, a title she shares with her Father for Men’s Basketball.  Dick was also named a Division III All-American with the Fords and later received tryout opportunities with both the 76ers and the Golden State Warriors….

MLK Weekend Recap January 30, 2017

“The time is always right to do what is right.” Therefore, when PYB decided to host its 1st Annual Middle School Tournament, a Donors Dinner, and a day of service at Logan Triangle, MLK Weekend seemed like the right time.   This action-packed weekend started at 9:00 am at the Germantown Friends School with student-athletes, coaches, and parents navigating the labyrinth of a campus between Greene Street and Germantown Ave. Thirteen middle school girls and boys teams, and 16 travel/club…

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