Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Northeast Philadelphia: Lawncrest Recreation Center Employee Weighs in on Heavy Hitta's Haiti Relief
Kirk Hrynko's younger sister, Brittany, is the basketball star in the family. A junior at George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science, she has already drawn recruiting looks from South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley, Kirk Hrynko said.
Kirk Hyrnko, who graduated from Pennsylvania State University in December with a degree in history and a minor in African-American Studies, works at the Lawncrest Recreation Center at 6000 Rising Sun Ave. The closest he gets to a basketball court is helping out with the recreation center's teams at the teen center.
Feb. 16, though, he stayed late to help with the boxing gospel festival sponsored by the Athletic Boxing Gym and Heavy Hitta's Boxing Club. All ticket sales (general admission was $10, ringside seats were $25) went to the Red Cross' Haitian relief effort. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 6, but then a blizzard happened.
"I think more people would have come if it was on a weekend," Kirk Hyrnko said. "Originally, I heard it was supposed to be a month later, so I was telling people it was rescheduled for March 6 accidentally.
"To be honest, though, it doesn't matter when we had it," he added. "Haiti is still going to need help whether it's tonight, tomorrow or six months from now. If I can help by getting people to their seats, handing out programs and setting up, then I'll do it."
Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris, Group 20, Northeast Philadelphia
Posted by Jennifer Reardon at 12:05 AM