April 4, 2014 |
THE PHYS-ED kids at Germantown High called her Sergeant. In other words, Vivian Motley was a demanding gym teacher who didn't hesitate to raise her voice when called for and pull the ears of recalcitrant students. They loved her. A little discipline didn't hurt when the kids knew that Vivian's heart was in the right place and that her concern was always for their welfare. "As a child, upon entering first grade, I fell in love with teaching," she once said. "Upon entering junior high and finding out that you could teach one subject, I fell in love with gym, and have been in the gym ever since.
April 1, 2014 |
Spend a few hours with Helen Gym, Philadelphia's famously feisty community organizer, and you see a rabble-rouser on the run, dashing from a TEDx talk rehearsal at Temple University to a rally for public education, where she revved up the crowd. Gym speaks "truth to power," said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Phila.), who introduced her at the rally Thursday after first teasing her for "troublemaking. " At a White House ceremony Monday, Gym, 45, a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a parent-led school watchdog group; and a board member of Asian Americans United, which advocates for ethnic diversity, will add another label to her brand: Cesar E. Chavez Champion of Change.
February 23, 2014 |
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
February 13, 2014 |
EVERY NIGHT, just before he shuts his eyes, Devin Bullock squeezes her tight. And when the morning sun peers through his window near 26th and Master in North Philadelphia - she's still there. They've been through a lot together; peas in a pod, a love affair for the ages. Her name is Michelle and she has seen him through the darkest of days. He loves the contours of her body, the smoothness of her touch and that she is always faithful and true. The 6-0 senior guard for New Media has lived on his own since he was 16 years old. His mother chose a different life.
January 30, 2014 |
IT WAS A LOUD pop, almost as if a balloon had burst. Then came the feeling that everyone in the room was staring. Finally, the pain settled in. Pain that hasn't subsided, nearly two weeks after that bullet hit Tyler Lewis' arm. In fact, he says, it's worse since surgeons removed the slug Monday from his right forearm, just below the elbow. It lodged there when Lewis, 17, was shot in the gym at Delaware Valley Charter High School on Jan. 17, allegedly by a classmate he considers a friend.
January 30, 2014 |
AS UNDERDOG stories go, when the Simon Gratz Bulldogs walk into a basketball gym, get your writing materials ready. The tale of the tape at the Simons Community Recreation Center yesterday was a visual account. With referees yet to enter the gym, host Delaware-Valley Charter and its band of long and lively leapers warmed up with a variety of impressive dunks. On the other end: the Bulldogs, whose roster sports several sub-6-footers, finger-rolled their way loose. Senior guard Malik Tyndale noticed the Warriors' aerial display, but the 5-7 guard wasn't fazed.
January 27, 2014 |
Sometimes when you're really good at what you do and you're really quiet in going about it, you get a reputation, one that far exceeds your ego and might be based a little on exaggeration. Take Ricky Beaver, a junior at La Salle College High School who has qualified for USA Weightlifting's national junior championships. Fellow members of the Liberty Barbell Club brag about Beaver's dedication, his long commute five days a week from his Northeast Philly home to the basement gym on Chestnut Street.
October 31, 2013 |
HOLY FAMILY men's basketball coach R.C. Kehoe can't wait. Either, he said, can his team. On Friday, the Division II Tigers will take on Syracuse in an exhibition in the Carrier Dome. "Excited is an understatement," Kehoe said. "I don't know what the crowd will be like, but I'm expecting about 15,000. It's the largest on-campus arena in the country. " The Dome's capacity is listed at 49,250. Holy Family's Campus Center Gymnasium only seats 1,000. So, don't be surprised if Kehoe's team looks as wide-eyed as those Hickory High players did when they showed for the state championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
October 31, 2013
LAST WEEK, I was at a dinner party, and, as is often the case, someone started talking to someone else about exercise and nutrition. I couldn't help but contribute my own two cents when I overheard a few fitness myths that never seem to die. This column is dedicated to those enduring false beliefs - which are almost certainly preventing some of you from reaching your goals. For Halloween, let's send some to the graveyard: 1 The sauna myth. I hear this one all the time at the gym - that sitting in the sauna helps to "sweat out the toxins" and promote weight loss.
October 2, 2013 |
THIS PROBABLY isn't a good preview to the 76ers' season, but the two players who stood out during a roughly 45-minute run observed by the media were guard Tony Wroten and newly signed center Solomon Alabi. Wroten has impressed coach Brett Brown with his activity throughout the five practices in 3 days at Saint Joseph's. He appears to play a very cerebral game, and made the nicest play of the scrimmage when he drove baseline and made a dump pass back in the lane to Alabi for an easy slam, as the second team played evenly with a first team that consisted of Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen.