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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,…

PYB Job Opening – Youth Basketball Coach October 19, 2016

Philadelphia Youth Basketball is seeking to hire a committed and skilled Youth Basketball Coach for our Middle School Partnership Program.  The Middle School Partnership Program is a 20-week after-school and weekend program that will begin in early November and last until mid-April. For the full job description, please click here. Applicants should email a cover note and resume by Monday, October 31st at 5 p.m. to the attention of: Eric Worley, Program Director eworley@phillyyouthbasketball.org .      

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 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…

Philly-Bred Tony Chennault Visits PYB June 2, 2016

We are grateful to former-Neumann Goretti and Villanova University point guard Tony Chennault for stopping by our offices on Thursday, June 2nd for a conversation with PYB leaders and our corporate-based and camp-based college interns. Tony stressed the importance of education, mentorship, and opportunities beyond basketball among other goals for helping the young people of our city. Tony grew up in the Olney area of Philadelphia and gained a reputation as a truly special player as he worked his way…

Addition to Summer Camps’ Curriculum: NBA Math Hoops May 31, 2016

As part of our off-court academic curriculum for the Collegiate Summer Camp Series, PYB will be introducing the NBA Math Hoops game from the Learn Fresh Education Company to our campers.  It is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills,…

Seven New Corporate Interns to Join PYB this Summer May 31, 2016

Beginning this May, seven dedicated and passionate Corporate Interns have joined the PYB team to help with several projects during the formative stages of the organization’s development.  We are excited to announce the inclusion of the following individuals. Isaac Bushnell grew up in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia and is a graduate of Germantown Friends School.   He will be a sophomore at Northwestern University in the fall, where he majors in political science and writes sports for the SB Nation…

X’s and O’s from Kenny Holdsman April 28, 2016

Almost twenty years ago, my wife Amy Tress Holdsman, joined the board of directors of Philabundance, a local hunger relief organization.  I remember vividly her reasoning for why she was compelled to the mission and function of this organization.  Amy said its work was basic and needed.  It brought excess food which otherwise would have gone bad to people who otherwise would have gone hungry.   This marriage of surplus food with hungry people clearly appealed to my wife’s attraction…

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