Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) was founded in Spring of 2015 by five passionate civic leaders grounded by a common purpose, to empower young people throughout the Philadelphia region to reach their potential as students, athletes, and positive leaders.
PYB has been working hard to build a high-impact and high-quality program, organization, and future youth basketball and education center, quite literally “brick by brick”.
June 2015 – Organization inception.
October 2015 – Launch of PYB’s Annual Middle School Partnership Program (MSPP) in 4 North Philadelphia schools.
April 2016 – 1st April Madness Adult Tournament Fundraiser at the Palestra
June – August 2016 – Launch of PYB’s Annual Collegiate Summer Camp Series.
October 2016 – Year 2 MSPP begins and expands to 6 schools throughout North Philadelphia
January 2017 – 1st Annual MLK weekend “Beyond Basketball” Tournament at the Germantown Friends School.
April 2017 -2nd Annual April Madness Adult Tournament at the Palestra. (Raised twice the amount of funds from the previous year!)
May 2017 – Launch of PYB’s first gender specific program, the “HoopHers” Girls Empowerment Program, hosted at the Baldwin School.
June – August 2017 – 2nd Annual Collegiate Summer Camp Series, which expanded to include 6 camp weeks at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia University, Drexel University, LaSalle University, St. Joseph’s University, and Temple University.
August 2017 – PYB partners with Marvin Kilgore to host a camp at the Barrett Playground in North Philadelphia and in Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
October 2017 – 3rd Middle School Partnership Program expands to 8 schools including 6 schools in North Philadelphia and 2 in West Philadelphia.
Eric Worley is a staple in the Philadelphia Basketball Community and a vital member of the PYB Team. As a co-founder of the organization and the Director of Programming, Eric has an intense passion for the game and an innate awareness of the need in PYB programming...read more