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Super 16 Middle School Tournament – Register Now! October 7, 2016

Philadelphia Youth Basketball is pleased to announce the upcoming Super 16 Middle School Basketball Tournament!   On Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, January 14th-16th, PYB will host two 16-team tournaments (one boys & one girls) on the campus of Germantown Friends School.  The tournaments will include four pools, each comprised of one independent school, one Catholic school, one Philadelphia public school, and one suburban public school.  Each team is guaranteed 3 games, as well as a tournament t-shirt.  A “Greater Philadelphia Champion” for each tournament will be crowned!…

PYB Job Opening – Capital Campaign Director/Major Gifts Officer October 5, 2016

Philadelphia Youth Basketball has had a terrific 16 months of establishing an organization, launching a program, raising early seed capital, and building a diverse and influential constituency of supporters across our city and region.   Now, with the strong encouragement of our Development and Budget Committees, we are taking our first major step in building the needed professional and volunteer infrastructure to execute a winning $25 million capital campaign for the construction of a world-class youth basketball and education center….

Back Board Member – Robin Thomas September 30, 2016

At PYB, we are dedicated to serving young people in the Philadelphia region by providing them with high-quality, holistic development opportunities to achieve their full potential as students, athletes, and responsible and engaged citizens.  For PYB’s board member, Robin Thomas, this commitment to bettering the lives of others and communities is very familiar, as it is a personal and enduring part of her own life. Growing up in the Wynnefield section of West Philadelphia, Robin’s parents instilled in her and…

X’s & O’s from Kenny Holdsman – September September 30, 2016

As the board and staff of Philadelphia Youth Basketball are working diligently to assemble the pieces of a $25 million capital campaign to construct a world-class youth basketball and education center in North Philadelphia, we are ensuring that citizens of all ages and from every community from throughout the Philadelphia region have an opportunity to help make this center a reality. We are indeed building “brick by brick” by assembling a wide and robust group of contributors who share our…

Staff Profile – Diana Venezia September 4, 2016

The unique passion, energy, and obsession of Philadelphian basketball community can be tough to fully understand and capture for people who come into the community from the outside.  Thankfully for Diana Venezia, she had already grown up with a large window looking into the city’s basketball culture at the collegiate level, so diving into work serving its foundation — our city’s young people — was a challenge she was excited and prepared for.   Although she grew up an hour…

Philadelphia Olympians Take Home the Gold September 4, 2016

With the 2016 Olympic Games wrapping this past month, the Philadelphia community can look back on the games in Rio with pride.  Philadelphia athletes represented the United States of America in the world’s biggest festival of sport and returned home with medals around their neck.  Two of those prestigious honors were brought home by two of Philadelphia basketball’s own. Floor general and Philly Catholic League alum, Kyle Lowry, led USA Men’s Basketball in assists and was their standout defender on…

Summer Intern Program Recap September 4, 2016

During the summer months, PYB was fortunate to employ a group of capable and hardworking young leaders in our inaugural Intern Program.  All of our interns, both camp-based and corporate-based, served as critical advocates and recruiters for our inaugural Collegiate Summer Camp Series, as well as aided in the creation of the program’s innovative educational and athletic curricula.  Then, when our camp-based interns coached and mentored a total of 312 campers during our five weeks of summer camps, our corporate-based interns…

Program Staff Profile – Jayla Greene July 31, 2016

On August 9th and August 11th, PYB will be hosting the Girls’ Empowerment Program for high school-aged female student-athletes.  The basketball development and off-court facilitated gender-specific conversations will be run by a first-rate staff of six accomplished women with strong roots in the Philadelphia basketball community.  For an inspiring and empowering example of how to own the challenge of growing up as a female-student athlete, the girls in attendance will have to look no further than one of their six…

Back Board Member Profile – David Gould July 31, 2016

The board of PYB is dynamic for many reasons, not least of which is its all-encompassing diversity.  Across the board, there is not only demographic diversity, but a tremendous diversity of age and professional background. Strategic Planning Committee Chairman, David Gould, is a microcosm of that diversity and the value that it can bring. At just 28-years-old, Gould is the youngest member of the board and is the most recently removed from being a part of the competing Philadelphia basketball…

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