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“Back Board” Member Profile – Greg Seltzer July 31, 2017

Board Member and Budget and Finance Committee member, Greg Seltzer, has been an integral part of Philadelphia Youth Basketball’s (PYB) growth from Day 1. When PYB first started in June of 2015, Greg was one of the first people chosen to lead our mission. John Langel, PYB’s Chairman of the Board and former partner at Ballard Spahr, shared the opinion that Greg would be a strong candidate for a position on PYB’s Board of Directors. Board Member and Budget and Finance…

Staff Member Spotlight – Jayla Greene July 31, 2017

PYB Coach, Jayla Greene, is a few weeks away from wrapping up her second summer with Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB). Growing up Jayla played basketball for Philadelphia Triple Threat’s AAU team, where we played for PYB’s Program Director and Co-Founder, Eric Worley. She recounts how everything came together, “Eric came to me expressing that there was a really great organization that I needed to be more involved with, and I decided to join.” It sounds simple; however, Jayla has dedicated…

Collegiate Summer Camp Series Highlights July 31, 2017

On July 31st, PYB will host its last Collegiate Summer Camper Series week at La Salle University. Thus far, PYB has run 5 weeks of dynamic, fun and transformative camps at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia University, St. Joseph’s University, Temple University, and Drexel University. Not only did our campers grow as students, athletes, and positive leaders, but we had many special guests at our camps to witness the growth of our student-athletes firsthand. We hosted our Quarter 1 Board Meeting…

Youth Leadership and Basketball Worldwide July 31, 2017

Did you know Kyrie Irving is from Melbourne, Australia? Or that there are over 113 international players in the NBA from over 41 countries and territories? These were some of the topics our kids learned about this past year during the Middle School Partnership Program. What used to be an American sport is now a worldwide phenomenon with players and youth basketball programs popping up all around the globe. However, as our kids have learned through articles and group discussions,…

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…

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