March 2022

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US Soccer Foundation Symposium

In their 15th year, the Urban Soccer Symposium will gather community leaders and speakers from across the nation who are dedicated to improving the field of sports-based youth development. The Symposium features two days of interactive workshops and inspiring keynote presentations focused on sharing best practices and maximizing organizations’ impact in their respective communities. There are also ample networking opportunities to build connections amongst like-minded individuals and organizations.

The 2022 Symposium will be a hybrid event, taking place simultaneously at the Washington Marriott Georgetown and online.

Our very own Executive Director, Beth Devine will be joining the SBYD Panel Discussion for Soccer Symposium on March 25th at 10 a.m.

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Philadelphia Youth Football Coalition Summit

The Collaborative will be participating in the Philadelphia Youth Football Coalition Summit on March 26th at Lincoln Financial Field. The event will be hosted by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Philadelphia Eagles and will include training sessions specific to youth football orgs (SBYD, youth nutrition, non-profit basics, and more.), and feature local government & elected officials, as well as representatives from Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. 

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Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX: Philadelphia Women In Sports


Deirdre Kane

To celebrate this historical anniversary, the Collaborative will continue to 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 West Chester basketball icon, Deirdre Kane, former West Chester women’s basketball coach.

Deirdre Kane is the winningest basketball coach in all of West Chester University basketball history with 447 wins in her 27-year career. Deirdre was hired as West Chester’s first full-time women’s basketball coach in 1987 and, during her time as head coach, the Golden Rams won at least 20 games in seven seasons, winning 5 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference division titles. In 1992, she led her team to a school record of 25 victories.

Even before coaching, sports played a large role in Kane’s life. She was a three-sport star at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where Kane became the first female athlete in the history of the University of Dayton to receive a scholarship to attend.

Deirdre is a five-time Conference Coach of the Year recipient, a member of three Halls of Fame, and a three-time Regional Coach of the Year. Her legacy as a head coach for West Chester's women’s basketball program was her success in creating positive relationships with her staff and players over the years.

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Events and Opportunities

The Philadelphia Coaches Conference

May 10th, 9 am

The Collaborative will be one of the sponsors at this years’ Philadelphia Coaches Conference. Hosted at Temple University, the conference will take place on May 10th, 2022 at 9:00 am with a Keynote address from Dawn Staley! As part of this sponsorship, coaches from the Collaborative's member organizations may attend for free.

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Philadelphia Youth Basketball Second Annual 3v3 Tournament

April 9th, 1-5 pm

PYB's NextGen Committee is hosting the 2nd Annual 3v3 Tournament! Hosted at the Elite Sports Factory, we are coming together to fundraise and have fun playing some hoops!

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Eastern Youth Pennsylvania Youth Soccer 50th Anniversary Gala

April 30th, 7 pm

This event will honor and celebrate everyone who has positively impacted the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer community for the last half-century. The night’s event will include dinner, special guest appearances, presentations, and entertainment at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Ray of Hope: A Conversation About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Anthony Ray Hinton and Kelly Corrigan

April 4th, 7 pm

Learn Mr. Hinton's inspiring story with NY Times bestselling author, podcaster, and host of PBS's Tell Me More Kelly Corrigan.

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Fundraising in Sport for Development Webinar

March 31st, 9 am

Following the launch of the second Fundraising in Sport for Development; State of the Sector Report, join Oaks Consultancy as we host a panel discussion with some of the leading voices from the sector to review the findings and discuss their significance.

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Job Opportunities

Young Quakers Community Athletics Boys Lacrosse Coach

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Young Quakers Community Athletics Girls Lacrosse Coach

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Playworks Chief Development Officer

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Playworks Regional Director

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Kensington Soccer After-School Soccer Coach-Mentor

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