Thursday, June 3, 2010
Hunting Park's main attraction is the large park plotted in the center of the neighborhood. The open fields are inviting for locals and give the north Philadelphia urban area a fresh feel. On Memorial Day, the park was packed with families having barbecues, but the recreation center was closed.
The recreation center of Hunting Park is located within the park, and is a safe haven for a lot of community youth. People from the immediate area make up the majority of those who use the recreation center, but there are plenty of people who come in from surrounding areas to use the center. Specifically, a girls basketball team, The Warriors, whose players range from ages 11-14. The team practices two to three times a week at the center, utilizing the gym area in the Hunting Park Recreation Center.
Frank Adams, pictured, is a father of a player on the team as well as one of the coaches. Adams has been coaching for seven years and knows first hand that although the Aztec teams, known for football and cheer-leading, are the recognizable teams in the area, the girls basketball team works just as hard and deserves a spotlight.
"The best thing for me is it gives the girls a different look into athletics and education, we ask to see report cards and if they need help in a particular area we make sure they get it. Education first, basketball second. It also keeps a bond between my daughter and me. It shows the girls that there are other things out there….it is about being a mentor to the young women."
Natalie Galante and Thomas Mates, Hunting Park, Group 23
Frank Adams, coach
Posted by Natalie Galante at 9:22 AM