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X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman – July July 31, 2016

As the Week 4 Camp of our Collegiate Summer Camp Series began at Temple University, I took a moment to reflect upon our participating young people and their PYB experience: It is 8 a.m. and young kids are pouring into Temple’s athletics center for PYB camp.  Some kids are walking solo or with a sibling from the subway.  Others are being dropped off by a mom, dad, grandparent, or guardian.  The returning campers are proudly wearing their mesh PYB reversible jerseys from…

PYB is Coming to South Jersey! July 28, 2016

On August 4th, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., PYB will be holding a meet and greet “briefing” about Philadelphia Youth Basketball at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, N.J.  The event will help raise awareness about PYB’s transformative mission for youth development, as well as build a base of support among citizens and leaders in South Jersey.    Co-hosts for the evening will include: John Langel – John is the Chairman of PYB’s Board of Directors.  After an accomplished career as a lawyer…

New Coaching Staff for Girls’ Empowerment Program July 28, 2016

On the evenings of August 9th and 11th, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., PYB will be hosting a dynamic Girls’ Empowerment Program on the campus of Girard College for young women entering grades 9 through the first year in college.  Programming will include basketball skill development and competitive game play, tabletop conversations about issues of female leadership styles and unique challenges faced by female student-athletes, college recruitment information, a nutritious dinner, and an Under Armour jersey.   We are thrilled…

Girard College Day Camp & Girls’ Empowerment Program – Registration is Open! July 10, 2016

PYB is delighted to announce the upcoming Girard College Basketball & Leadership Day Camp and the Girls’ Empowerment Program.  Girard College Basketball & Leadership Day Camp As a culmination of the 2016 Collegiate Summer Camp Series, PYB will be offering a top-notch, basketball-based day camp hosted on the campus of Girard College. This dynamic camp, to be offered to rising 4th-8th graders on the week of the week of August 8th – 12th, will include basketball skill-building and game play, academic enrichment through…

Off-Court with NBA Math Hoops July 5, 2016

We are thrilled to embark on a partnership with Learn Fresh Education Co. to provide our student-athletes the NBA Math Hoops game this summer. As a new addition to Philadelphia Youth Basketball’s Collegiate Summer Camp Series off-court, academic curriculum, it will provide an exciting, game-based learning experience to complement the athletic aspect of the program. Students in the PYB summer program will also be some of the first in the area to play the Math Hoops board game and experience the curriculum. NBA…

Camp Interns Join PYB Staff this Summer June 30, 2016

We are delighted to be employing a cadre of terrific students, leaders, and mentors in our inaugural corporate-based and camp-based intern program.  Our corporate-based interns are immersed in a variety of marketing, fundraising, and organization-building projects, and our camp-based interns have been the backbone of our Collegiate Summer Camp Series. These student-athlete coaches have been busy leading drills on the court, delivering our academic program in the classroom, and building meaningful relationships with young people throughout our city. Here is…

Program Staff Profile – Dhaamin Stukes June 30, 2016

As part of the educational component to our recently kicked-off Collegiate Summer Camp Series, we have included in each week a day in the classroom to teach young people about the importance of having a coach as a positive mentor in their lives. For proof of that positive impact, the campers in these classrooms need only to look towards our Deputy Program Director here at Philadelphia Youth Basketball, Dhaamin Stukes. As a youth basketball coach for almost 25 years in…

Back Board Member Profile – John Langel June 30, 2016

For someone born outside the Philadelphia area, Ballard Spahr partner and Philadelphia Youth Basketball Board Chairman, John Langel, is about as intertwined with the city’s basketball community as one could possibly be since joining Ballard in 1975. He has spent time as the 76ers chief negotiator in contract talks with the likes of World B. Free, Bobby Jones, and the great Julius Erving. He represented St. Joseph’s icon Matt Goukas’ in the deal that made him the first ever head coach…

X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman June 30, 2016

If you have been following PYB’s programs this past year – our after-school Middle School Partnership Program, and now our Collegiate Summer Camp Series – you may have noticed several trends, many of which are a direct reflection of our organization’s mission to empower young people as students, athletes, and positive leaders. Programmatically, we have carefully crafted PYB’s experiences to incorporate basketball skill-building and game play, academic enrichment and supports, leadership development, exposure to high-quality college campuses and facilities, and…

Group Enrollment Initiative for Collegiate Summer Camp Series June 14, 2016

Today we are launching our Group Enrollment Initiative for our Collegiate Summer Camp Series!   The value of teamwork is paramount both in basketball and in life, and we are eager to help play a part in fostering cohesive team and group environments in which young people can thrive.  The development of the academic, basketball, and leadership skills that PYB camps offer can come together to create positive and fulfilling group cultures that can be extended to the surrounding young communities of…

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