July 2022

Suit Up for Summer!

Philadelphia Hosts Swimwear Drive

It's summertime and pools are open! Over the past few weeks, we've received immense support from the community for our Suit Up for Summer swimwear drive in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Rec. We will continue to collect new swimwear and swim accessories at six sites through the end of the summer. All donated bathing suits and accessories will be distributed to children at the City’s outdoor pools. 

We are collecting:

  • Youth and adult bathing suits (all sizes)
  • Swim diapers (all sizes)
  • Flip flops (all sizes)
  • Beach towels
  • Goggles

(Please note that we are accepting new items with tags only. Used items will not be accepted.)

Donations can be dropped off at one of these six locations:

  • Center City – One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch Street, 1st Floor
  • West Philadelphia – Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Ave.
  • Northeast Philadelphia – James Ramp Playground, 3300 Solly Avenue 
  • Northwest Philadelphia – Kendrick Rec Center, 5822 Ridge Avenue 
  • South Philadelphia – Guerin Rec Center, 2201 S. 16th Street 
  • North Philadelphia – Athletic Rec Center, 1400 N. 26th Street 

 Drop-off times are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Click Here to Donate Via Paypal

Transgender Youth in Philly are Now Protected by Non-Discrimination Laws

Under Philadelphia’s new regulations, Philadelphia schools and organizations that serve children and teenagers must make accommodations for transgender youth or risk penalties under new nondiscrimination regulations that the city enacted this month. Organizations must allow transgender and gender-nonconforming youth to use the names, pronouns, clothing, and restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The rules also require employees of youth-serving organizations to undergo training The regulations apply to charter schools, recreation centers, day cares, after-school programs, and sports leagues that serve people under age 18.

The Collaborative will continue to advocate and push for more equitable opportunities for all Philadelphia youth to participate in fun, safe, and inclusive programs by providing adequate training for providers in the future. We believe in creating inclusive spaces where all Philadelphia youth can feel safe to be their authentic selves. Inclusive sports environments for LGBTQ+ youth are crucial in allowing them to experience the benefits of sports and physical activity, including improved physical fitness, social skills, and psychological well-being.

Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX:

Philadelphia Women In Sports 

Title IX, arguably one of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation in America's history, reached its 50th anniversary in June. Throughout the year, the Collaborative will highlight the significant contributions of Philadelphia women who have left their mark on the sports world and in the lives of many. This month's feature is Denise Dillon, head coach of Villanova women’s basketball.

Dillon describes her relationship with sports as the “core existence” of her being. Growing up, Dillion and her 4 siblings played various sports like hockey, swimming, and of course basketball. It was in high school that Dillon focused on basketball solely and grew her love for the sport. Summer basketball AAU leagues brought a sense of community and presented the opportunity to put her through college at Villanova University. 

While at Villanova, Dillon fell in love with the family-like atmosphere and high standards that were presented at the university. “They wanted to see me succeed,” Dillon says while discussing her alma mater. “I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself.” After a successful athletic career and becoming a Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductee, Dillon graduated and became the assistant coach for the Wildcat’s women’s basketball team from 1997 to 2001. She would later move on to Drexel as the women’s basketball head coach in 2003.

At Drexel, Dillon inspired greatness in her players and created a new standard of success for the program. Dillon has 14 winning seasons in her 17 years with the Dragons and received the Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year award 4 times. After a successful run at Drexel, she returned to her alma mater, Villanova as head coach in 2020.

Click Here to learn more about Denise Dillon and her story.

Events and Opportunities

Women in Sport Networking Social

Join the Collaborative's Women's Networking Group and the Phillies for an exciting evening of networking, socializing, and home runs!

Kick off your week by cheering on the Phillies as they take on the Cincinnati Reds and socializing with other members of the Women's Networking Group.

Attendees will receive a ticket to enjoy the game from a suite with 30 other group members, providing a relaxed environment to chat, socialize, and get a great view of the game. Drinks and beverages will be provided for all attendees, compliments of the Philadelphia Phillies.


Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

Location: Citizens Bank Park

Game Time: 7:05 PM

Gates Open: 90 minutes prior to game time


Please note: This event is a woman-focused event that is inclusive and welcoming of those who identify as a woman, including trans women and non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals.

Click Here to Reserve Your Tickets!

Greater Philadelphia Extra-Curricular Collaborative

Calling all OST Providers! Join GPEC for a summer Happy Hour on August 3rd. Free drinks and food will be provided for the first 50 registrants. Grab a colleague and register here!

Board Development, Governance, and Recruitment Training with Steven Lewis

Watch Recording Here 

Introduction to Finding Grants

Watch Recording Here

Fundraising in Sport for Development: Exploring the Sector's Reliance on Grant Funding 

Watch Recording Here

Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits 

Watch Recording Here

Causations of Poverty

Watch Recording Here

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Job Opportunities

Philadelphia Youth Basketball Executive Assistant

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Philadelphia Youth Basketball Controller

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Live Like Blaine/ UP2US Americorps VISTA Associate Position

Email kate@livelikeblaine.org to apply

Leveling the Playing Field Philadelphia Program Associate

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UACS Young Quakers Community Athletics Director

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Safe Hub EduSoccer Program Coordinator

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Bicycle Coalition Coordinator of Youth Cycling Program

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Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer

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Playworks Americorps Coach '22

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Playworks Chief Development Officer

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