National Youth Sports Week

Posted by - on July 13, 2015


In the spirit of “National Youth Sports Week”, West Philly to celebrate, advocate and host youth sports clinics

On Sunday, July 19, youth are invited to participate in a day of sports clinics and play. From 10 AM – 5 PM, at West Philadelphia High School Athletic Field (48th & Spruce Streets) and the Garden Court Community Tennis Courts (48th & Spruce Streets), FREE field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and tennis clinics will be offered. Kids ages 5-15 are welcomed.

“In 2015, we want everyone to know that park and recreation agencies are more than programs, facilities and open spaces—they are true change agents, transforming communities and the lives of those they serve,” said Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of the National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA).

Presented by Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fatah , Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, the day of fun celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the NRPA, Parks & Recreation Month (July), National Youth Sports Week (July 13-19), National Youth Sports Day (July 14) and Nelson Mandela Day (July 18).

“Nelson Mandela’s legacy has created the opportunity for us to achieve a bright future,” commented Sello Hatang, Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” Madiba said aptly.

Mandela Day is a celebration of our collective power to create a global movement for good and make an imprint on the world. Through sport we answer the call. “Sport is one of the most important socio-cultural learning experiences for young people,” Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes shared.

The leaders of Eyekonz Field Hockey League and Bolloway International have mobilized organizations and individuals to facilitate the youth sports clinics. Women’s Gridiron Foundation, Kelli Sawyer, Philadelphia University Men’s Soccer, Afrikka Tikkun and the NSCAA Black Soccer Coaches Advocacy Group are proud collaborators of A Celebration of Life, Youth Sports, Parks and Recreation. The rain date is July 26.

For more information, contact the office of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell at 215.686.3418.

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