April 2022

The Collaborative Named

NYSS Champion


We’re excited to announce that the Collaborative has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion! As an NYSS Champion, we work to promote youth sports participation and support the National Youth Sports Strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all youth will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports. 

To help raise awareness about the NYSS and organizations whose work aligns with the vision, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition is recognizing NYSS Champions for their work promoting and supporting youth sports. 

Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX: Philadelphia Women In Sports 


Isabel Bohn

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 Isabel Bohn, founder and executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports.

Growing up in Germany as a child, Bohn survived a streetcar collision at age 11 that required the amputation of her left leg above the knee and several fingers on her left hand. Although Bohn had physical limitations, it was her grade school physical education teacher who integrated her with the other students playing sports that made her realize that if she could participate in sport, she could do anything. 

Though active as a child, it wasn't until age 42 that Bohn began playing sports again. She joined a skiing clinic in Vermont with other amputees and her love for the sport grew. When asked how she got involved in adaptive rowing, she recalled meeting a couple of guys from Philadelphia at the ski clinic. "They called me over and said, 'Hey, you live in Philly, would you want to start rowing with us?" she said. "So I started rowing, and I loved it. I guess you can say I was recruited."

That was in 1981 and soon after, Bohn helped form the first all-adaptive rowing club, Philadelphia Rowing Program for the Disabled (PRPD) now Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing (PAR). PAR later became a program of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS), a non-profit organization founded by Bohn and Jeff Mcginnis in 1995 that provided adapted sport and recreation programs for people with disabilities including rowing, cycling, skiing, climbing, kayaking, and ice hockey.

Along with her contribution to the adaptive rowing community, Bohn has achieved significant athletic milestones herself. Winner of the Louis Braille Award in 2004, she was the first adaptive participant in Philadelphia's Dad Vail Regatta and the first adaptive competitor at a World Rowing Championships. In 2011, US Rowing introduced the Isabel Bohn award in honor of Bohn to recognize a member of the rowing community in the US each year who has demonstrated achievement in adaptive rowing.

Click Here to learn more about Isabel Bohn and her impact

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Rec It Philly Rally

Last Thursday the Collaborative joined advocates for Philly’s parks and recreation programs rallied outside City Hall, to push for more funding in Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget. The rally, which drew out organizers, residents, and city officials, was part of the Rec It Philly campaign, a coalition of over 50 community organizations convened by the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.

To support more funding for Philadelphia parks and recreation centers, click here to testify on May 4th or May 24th

Events and Opportunities

Save the Date! Philly Girls Got Game Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX

June 16th, 11 am

Join the Collaborative for the launch of our Girls Initiative: Philly Girls Got Game at Myers Rec Center. Stay tuned for more details!

The Philadelphia Coaches Conference

May 10th, 9 am

The Collaborative will be one of the sponsors at this year’s Philadelphia Coaches Conference. Hosted by Temple University, the Philadelphia Coaches 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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Philly Truce Day

May 7th, 12 - 8 pm

Join Philly Truce for their first Culture Carnival, an opportunity for young people across the region to be exposed to horizon-broadening opportunities and experiences as their families and communities celebrate their efforts. 

This event marks the first anniversary of the release of the Philly Truce App: Philadelphia’s App for Gun Violence Prevention and  Community Resources.

The event will take place at Lighthouse Field, 101 E Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Team Up Philly Saturday Tennis

April 30- June 11, 3 - 4:30 pm

Sessions are open to all 4th-8th grade girls for free and will be held at Shepard Rec Center. ALL equipment is provided. Sessions consist of tennis instruction and fitness, followed by snacks and values/academic learning.

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Live Like Blaine Middle School Leadership Program

Free leadership program at Vogt, Sturgis, and J. Finnegan Recreation Center for girls in Grades 5-8. Students will learn how to LEAD with joy, resilience, and positivity on and off the field. 8 Week class session. 

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Live Like Blaine Leadership Academy 2022-2023 School Year

The Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity for high school sophomore athletes of any sport to grow their leadership and interpersonal skills. Leadership Academy students will meet monthly for classes, network with female leaders in the community, attend an overnight retreat and participate in community service opportunities. The program is free to all participants. 

Online application open to current freshman female athletes now through May 15

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Positive Coaching Alliance's Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship

The 2022 Scholarship opportunity for juniors graduating in 2023 is now open. You can apply through April 30th, 2022. A Triple-Impact Competitor works to make themselves better through Personal Mastery, make their teammates better through Leadership, make the game better through Honoring the Game

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Board Development, Governance, and Recruitment Training with Steven Lewis

May 19th, 5:30 pm

This module will orient participants to effective board leadership and responsibilities for governing the organization. While exploring the elements of effective board leadership, participants will understand the roles and responsibilities of directors, the board’s fiduciary duties to the organization and board composition-structure and process. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.,

Instructor: Steven Lewis MSW/MBA

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Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits

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Introduction to Finding Grants

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Job Opportunities

Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative Coach Education Program Manager

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Philadelphia Parks & Rec Lifeguard 

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First Tee Business Manager

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Philadelphia Youth Basketball Summer Coach-Mentor

Email employment@phillyyouthbasketball.org

Summer at Camp Smith Camp Counselor

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Playworks Chief Development Officer

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Young Quakers Community Athletics Boys Lacrosse Coach

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Young Quakers Community Athletics Girls Lacrosse Coach

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