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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…

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…

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…

PYB Leaders on the Move October 31, 2016

At PYB, we are fortunate to have acquired the support and organizational “buy-in” from a diverse, motivated, and cohesive group of leaders in the youth and education, business, philanthropic, and basketball communities.  This month, several of our shining leaders have been in the spotlight due to exciting professional career moves, as well as noteworthy personal accomplishments. David Gould, PYB Board Member and Chairman of the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee, was recently appointed as the Deputy Director of Community Engagement and…

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…

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