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Here are your 2015-2016 Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers have released it’s 15 man roster leading into their first game of the season. Many Philadelphia fans and pundits are going into the season with expectations at rock bottom [ESPN Power Rankings], but maybe there is some hope for a 7th or 8th seed? Maybe not, but read ahead and follow me on this…

Although the average age of players on the team is 24 years old, over half of the players already have experience within the organization. The new face of the team, Jahlil Okafor, will have a big opportunity to show and prove why he was selected top 3 in the most recent draft. The young culture of the team can potentially create a necessary bond and chemistry, which could lead to a few pleasant surprises.

Let’s hope last night was a sign of good things to come for Jahlil:


…Or maybe I am being the typical Philadelphia fan, finding optimism and discovering every bit of sunlight through the cracks in those brick walls our franchises always seem to run into.

Read up on the 15 players who will be representing your Philadelphia 76ers this season, here via NBA.com :  http://www.nba.com/sixers/news/beat-opening-night-roster-recap#


Guest Contribution by Tre Banks

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Third Annual Roots, Rock, Run, GrassROOTS Community Foundation Raises $6k

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THIRD ANNUAL ROOTS, ROCK, RUN 5K RETURNED TO GERMANTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD IN PHILADELPHIA TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIFESTYLES IN URBAN DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES

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Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, The GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), members of The Roots band, and hundreds of Philadelphians took to the streets of Germantown on May 30th for the 3rd Annual Roots, Rock, Run (R3) 5k community walk/run.

“We are running, walking, and talking in Germantown to show our support for healthy girls and healthy communities,” declares Trotter, co-founder and MC of the, The Roots.

Fourteen year-old Crystal Ortiz (pictured above), was this year’s winner finishing the route in 18:25. She was one of hundreds of runners and walkers that helped raise nearly $6,000. Proceeds from the race went to support GrassROOTS afterschool health programs for youth at Anna L. Lingelbach Elementary School. Primary support for R3 comes from Jimmy Jazz stores, who gifted 100 pair of Adidas sneakers and Reebok who donated 100 pairs to participating youth. Additional key support came form State Legislature Stephen Kinsey, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, State Senator Art Haywood, the Philadelphia Police Department and SEPTA.


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R3 is a GrassROOTS engagement activity that raises awareness of the importance of physical activity and healthier living and seeks to reclaim impoverished neighborhood spaces. This year’s event took place once again at Lingelbach Elementary, site of the new GrassROOTS’ afterschool program for girls, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

GrassROOTS chose to remain at Lingelbach because of the economic and social challenges facing the community. More than a quarter of the residents in the targeted neighborhood live in poverty, and the income per capita is 15 percent less than the rest of Philadelphia. Equally important was the fact that Lingelbach was only awarded $160.00 for their discretionary funding for the entire school year.

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, State Rep Steve Kinsey, State Sen Art Haywood and Aja Graydon of Kindred the Family Soul were all in attendance, along with runners from Black Girls Run, the Black Running Organization, Black Men Run and even the principal of Lingelbach. R&B groups Mprynt and Good Girl both performed.


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The day also featured other acts of service and activities, including face-painting and surprise musical performances. And as tradition dictates, R3 hosted its dance contest. The Lingelbach Home and School Association was also collecting summer reading books and toys that encourage outdoor activity.



For more information on GrassROOTS and R3, visit:
–> www.grassrootscommunityfoundation.org
–> @grassrootsfound

Story/Photos via Skai Blue Media

City Streets: Race Through History – The 1st Youth-Designed Technology Race in Philly

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For City Streets: Philadelphia, local students will produce apps & wearable tech to race across the city during Philly Tech Week 2015.


 Tweet about race using hashtag: #CityStreetsPTW15 and #PTW15


Teams of two will wear engineered tracking devices and use a coded app to race to historic “freedom” landmarks across Philadelphia on April 25th. (exact route is a SECRET – appx 4 miles long you uncover and follow with clues like Amazing Race).

Special prizes will be awarded to the winners during the post-race celebration at Pipeline Philly, The Graham Building, 30 S 15th St, 15th floor.

1st place – Samsung Chromebook
2nd place – Kindle Fire
3rd place – Skullcandy earphones

REGISTER FOR THE RACE HERE
** 50% off Early Bird – 2-person Team – before April 15th

Details: For more information please visit: Creativetechworks.org

– Start Time: Participants MUST arrive by 8:15am sharp (Guests/Family 8:30am)

– Start Location: 15th and Cecil B. Moore Ave
(Rear of Beech Interplex Parking Lot)

City Streets™ Race Proceeds
All race proceeds will be fully tax deductible and benefit continuation of the Creative Tech Works Design Studio™ , hosted by Beech Community Services. To make donations, please send checks to CTWDS @ Beech, c/o Beech Community Services, 1510 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121.



The event is endorsed by the City of Philadelphia and AT&T is a presenting sponsor

Creative Tech Works ( @CTWGroup )– founders of City Streets Race, provide students ages 14-21 with a “cognitive apprenticeship” immersion in technology and micro-engineering design teams.

A Day in the Life of an Eagles Cheerleader

Philadelphia Eagles fans are more than excited for the 2014-2015 season, the second in the Chip Kelly era and following a 10-6 2013-2014 campaign.   However, its more than the LeSean McCoys and Nick Foles who are coming back for the campaign.  The Cheerleaders are as well.

They’re paid the same as a braces-clad babysitter, and yet often have a decade of highest-level dance and performance experience under their low-slung, sequined belts. But despite national protest over their skimpy wages, super-pumped women are still signing up in droves to be NFL cheerleaders. Jen Ortiz of GQ embedded with 14 high-kicking, OMG-ing Philadelphia Eagles rookies—the team’s largest class in years—to find out why they’re told to act like Miley

Way before that first kick-off of the NFL season, the Rookie Story emerges. Is he gonna start? Will he get cut? Is #Manzieling a thing?! But what about the other set of rookies standing in the tunnel, waiting for their cue to run out onto the field? The other professional athletes who also happen to be physician assistants, speech pathologists, and pre-med majors?

The NFL cheerleader is the real-life ultimate dream girl. The Kelly Kapowskis and Ali Larter-in-VarsityBlue-s of the world. The Sunday afternoon eye candy that, lately, isn’t taking any of the league’s alleged precedent of crazily low (sometimes illegal!) standard wages bullshit anymore. After a visit to the City of Brotherly Love and questionable sports fans; after overhearing a kid eagerly albeit skeptically ask, “Are they real cheerleaders?”; and after seeing grown, adult men revert to their dirt-toeing 12-year-old selves when they walk by, I met her—or, fourteen of her. For two days, I embedded with the largest rookie class the NFL Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders have recruited in years. Pompoms ahead.

Read the entire article here on GQ

 

Watch Philly 360° sit down with Undefeated Boxing Champ Danny Garcia (Video)

Philly 360° was granted exclusive access to Philadelphia boxing champion Danny Garcia’s personal gym has he prepares for an upcoming fight in Puerto Rico. Garcia talks to us about being a champion, Philly’s love for Rocky and his favorite cheesesteak spot Ishkabibble’s on South Street. Check it out.

Learn more about Philly’s diverse music, design and culture scene by visiting Philly360.com. Also, following @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for the latest info on Philly latin scene.

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Recap: 2013 Beyond Sport Summit

As one of the most passionate, sports-crazed cities in the world, it was only fitting that Philadelphia served as the host city for the 2013 Beyond Sport Summit last week.

“You don’t have to be here long to realize that this city loves sports,” noted Michael Burke, Managing Director of Wealth and Investment Management for Barclays (one of Beyond Sport’s global partners). “Sports is part of the DNA of Philadelphia.”

The goal of Beyond Sport – which was founded in 2008 – is to highlight how athletic endeavors can be used to benefit the greater good. During the three-day event, hundreds of organizations from around the world were honored for their work in using sports as a catalyst for positive social change.

“We shouldn’t talk about sport as an opportunity [for social change],” said NBA Commissioner David Stern during a panel on the intersection of sports and politics. “We should talk about it as an obligation.”

Attendees spent the first two days of the Beyond Sport Summit visiting a variety of local organizations that are making a difference in the community via sport. On the final day of the conference, Jeffrey Lurie – whose Philadelphia Eagles were named Beyond Sport’s Team of the Year in 2011 – provided the opening remarks, and several others with ties to the city had a chance to offer their views, including Eagles’ co-owner Christina Weiss Lurie, Philadelphia 76ers’ CEO Scott O’Neil, and former Philadelphia mayor (and PA Governor) Ed Rendell.

“Sports has a unifying effect that nothing else in society has,” noted Rendell.

Each of the major local sports teams are ahead of the curve in terms of giving back to the community. The Eagles Youth Partnership provides free vision care and educational programming to more than 50,000 children in the Delaware Valley each year. The Philadelphia 76ers, meanwhile, recently announced their “Sixers Strong” initiative that will result in all Sixers’ employees investing a minimum of 76 hours of community service during the 2013-14 season.

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation provides free equipment, ice time and coaching to more than 3,000 inner-city children, while the Phillies Phestival has raised more than $14.3 million for The ALS Association since its inception in 1984.

“The courage of one,” said Lurie, “can only change the world when it’s united with the courage of everyone else.”

Reality Sports Online: A New way to play Fantasy Football

Football season is upon us and it’s time for football diehards to being preparing for fantasy football season.  One way to play fantasy this year is what may be the best fantasy football platform ever built, Reality Sports Online.

Reality Sports Online provides a new model where fantasy football players engage in a real-time free agency auction room, where they can bid on players for multi-year deals and give players salary cap restrictions.  This is all on top of the traditional fantasy football model where users get points and stats from the actions of players on the field.  In essence, users get a chance to play fantasy football from the lenses of a NFL General manager.

The platform was cofounded by Stephen Wendell and  Matt Papson,  who have extensive experience in sports law and salary cap management from their time working for the Philadelphia Eagles. 

We’ve played with RSO and its a pretty well built platform and experience. It’s highly recommended.

Sign up and play Reality Sports Online here.

 

How Now Brown, Wow!

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Before the start of the season, even the most optimistic of all Philadelphia Phillies’ fans didn’t expect Domonic Brown to be THIS good.

Phillies’ general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. made it abundantly clear back in spring training that the 2013 campaign was a make-or-break year for his 25-year-old left fielder.

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Domonic Brown, during a pre-game interview at Citi Field (photo by Gennaro Dito)

Armed with the assurance that he would have every opportunity to prove his mettle, Brown responded by posting first-half numbers that would be impressive full-season figures under most circumstances (.273, 23 HRs, 67 RBI).

Brown’s nomination to the National League All-Star team was one of the few feel-good stories in a Phillies’ season marred by injuries and overall disappointment. In 28 games during the month of May, Brown hit .303 with 12 HRs and 25 RBI while taking home National League Player of the Month honors:

Not a bad showing for a player who was hitting .206 back on April 23.

Phils' pitcher Cliff Lee gets ready to toss one for the National League at the 2013 All-Star Game
Phils’ pitcher Cliff Lee gets ready to toss one for the National League at the 2013 All-Star Game (photo by Joshua Pelta-Heller)

 

Last week, Brown took a trip up to New York to rub elbows with the rest of his fellow All-Stars, many of whom voted him into the game as a reserve outfielder. Brown was among 39 players who made their All-Star debut at Citi Field, and if his performance this year is any indication, it won’t be his last appearance in baseball’s mid-season classic.

 

Brown’s stint in the game itself wasn’t all that memorable: He entered the game in the top of the sixth inning in place of Carlos Gonzalez, and struck out in his only plate appearance. Teammate Cliff Lee (who was also named to the NL All-Star team) created the biggest stir on social media that evening thanks to his emotionless death glare during the pre-game introductions.

The contest will go down in the history books as a relatively non-descript 3-0 victory for the American League.  But for Domonic Brown, the memories of his time in Citi Field will surely last a lifetime.

Behind The Scenes: NFL Broadcast Boot Camp

It’s not every day that you get to see world-class athletes out of their natural element, but that’s exactly what two.one.five magazine had a chance to witness at last month’s NFL Broadcast Boot Camp.

The historic NFL Films complex in Mount Laurel, NJ served as the headquarters for the Broadcast Boot Camp – an initiative sponsored by the NFL to introduce both current and former players to the sports broadcast industry. Those accepted into the program go through a rigorous, three-day workshop that ultimately results in a demo reel that participants can use to shop themselves to prospective employers.

With the average NFL career lasting less than four years, it’s never too early for players to decide what they plan to do once they’re no longer on a 53-man roster. But for those who thought that they could walk right into a broadcasting gig with little or no experience, the Broadcast Boot Camp served as a wake-up call of sorts.

“Just because you can make a mean bowl of chili doesn’t mean that you can run a Mexican restaurant,” said Gerry Matalon, Senior Coordinating Producer at ESPN.

The Broadcast Boot Camp isn’t a walk in the park by any means, but the intensive schedule is a small price to pay for the chance to learn from instructors such as James Brown (CBS), Brian Baldinger (NFL Network), and former Philadelphia Eagles’ head coach Dick Vermeil.

“Pay attention to people on the air,” said ESPN’s John Saunders, who served as one of the instructors in the Boot Camp’s Set Taping class. “Pay attention to what makes them good.”

In one session, the players sat with producers to learn how audio clips are spliced with B-roll footage to create compelling highlight packages. Less than an hour later, they were tasked with breaking down game film alongside two of the game’s most respected analysts: ESPN’s Ron Jaworski and Greg Cosell of NFL Films.

As current and former players, Boot Camp attendees have a distinct advantage over most people who choose a career in the sports broadcast industry. They were repeatedly advised to play up their NFL connections whenever possible, whether preparing for an in-studio show or merely trying to land a radio gig in their hometown.

“Personalize things,” suggested Jaworski, who had a stellar 16-year career in the NFL, most notably with the Philadelphia Eagles. “You’re a player: People want to hear what it’s like from your perspective.”

As with any skill, the importance of “getting your reps in” is vital to a successful career in broadcasting. Throughout the course of the Boot Camp, there were numerous references to the “10,000 Hour Rule” referenced in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers“, and participants were implored to get their experience wherever and whenever possible.

“Everyone wants to be on national TV,” said Howard Deneroff, Executive Producer of Dial Global Sports. “There’s no opportunity too small to work your way to that.”

Television wasn’t the only focus of the Broadcast Boot Camp: Not only did attendees learn the do’s and don’ts of radio, but each was given the opportunity to co-host a live segment on SiriusXM. Chip Kelly’s arrival in Philadelphia was the topic du jour, and there was no shortage of debate as to whether or not Kelly’s Oregon offense would translate well to the professional level.

In all, 24 current and former players participated in this year’s workshop: Among the attendees were former Eagles’ running back Ricky Watters and former St. Louis Rams’ wide receiver Torry Holt.

Each of the participants had varying degrees of broadcasting experience, but the skills they learned over the course of the Broadcast Boot Camp will give them a head start on the rest of their peers. Of the 128 players who have participated in the program since 2007, 48 of them have earned jobs in the broadcast industry.

While three days learning the in-and-outs of sports media clearly isn’t enough time to absorb every aspect of the business, it gave participants a taste of exactly how much work is involved preparing for life on the other side of the microphone.

“This has been an amazing experience,” said Green Bay Packers’ linebacker A.J. Hawk. “I am inspired to pursue a career in this field after learning more than I thought I would.

(Additional reporting on this story was done by Brandyn Muller Campbell.)