Six Months of Development

Written by: Brandon Smith, MSPP Coach-Mentor at Lewis Cassidy Elementary School, and member of the 2020 Leadership Development Academy (LDA) Cohort. This article was written following the completion of the 2020 LDA. To be a part of the Philadelphia Youth Basketball...

Thank You

Written by: Caheem Gindraw, Andrew Hamilton Elementary School, 2020 MSPP Participant and Lace Up & Learn Up camper. This article was written in support of the MSPP Virtual Stay-At-Home Tournament. One of my favorite parts of PYB is the food because when I leave...

The Hardest Year of My Life

Written by: Damire Bermudez, Jay Cooke Elementary School, 2020 MSPP Participant. This article was written in support of the MSPP Virtual Stay-At-Home Tournament. It was a normal day. I was just trying to get through my classes, doing a little daydreaming, and looking...

My Favorite Moments at PYB

Written by: Mekhi Ware, Rudolph Blankenburg Elementary School, 2020 MSPP Participant. This article was written in support of the MSPP Virtual Stay-At-Home Tournament. I have several memorable moments during PYB,  so it’s extremely hard to pinpoint a favorite moment....

Kobe’s Legacy to Me

Written by: Braheem Gindraw, Andrew Hamilton Elementary School Graduate, MSPP Alumni. Braheem is currently a rising 10th grader. This article was written in response to the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. At PYB practice, the coaches gave us Kobe’s book. But, we didn’t...

Kobe and Me

Written by: JaJa Creary, Andrew Hamilton Elementary School Graduate, MSPP Alumni. JaJa is currently a rising 10th grader. This article was written in response to the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. I met Kobe Bryant on March 21, 2019.  When we first heard about it, the...

My Perfect Coach

By Shareeyah Thomas, Jay Cooke Elementary School, 2019-20 MSPP Participant This article was written in May 2020 as part of the of the MSPP Stay At Home Tournament during the COVID-19 pandemic. My name is Shareeyah Thomas. I am a 7th grader at Cooke Elementary School....

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

Written by: Sahih Gindraw, Andrew Hamilton Elementary School, 2020 MSPP Participant. This article was written in support of the MSPP Virtual Stay-At-Home Tournament. Most kids my age look forward to Fridays and the weekend during the school year, but for me, Tuesdays,...

Different Animal, Same Beast

Written by: Jule Brown, New York University, 2018 PYB Corporate Intern I’m here because of a dream. In her sleep, my grandmother saw a building in the suburbs on Montgomery Avenue. Immediately the next morning, she rushed my grandfather to the car to pursue what she...