Philly Play to Host 2015 Philly Play Summer Challenge
Councilman Bobby Henon, Philly Play to Host 2015 Philly Play Summer Challenge
1,000 Summer Campers From Around Philadelphia Will Visit Lincoln High School for Field Day
Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District), Philly Play team, skills experts, Health Promotion Council staff, 1,000 Philly Play campers from 15 recreation centers across Philadelphia.
Philly Play Summer Challenge is a citywide play day to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming.
Wednesday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.
Lincoln High School
3201 Ryan Ave.
Media coverage is welcome. Please contact Eric Horvath, 267-340-7377 with any questions on the day of the event. For more information on Philly Play visit www.phillyplay.org, or see this wrap-up from the inaugural Summer Challenge.
Full list of Philly Play Rec Centers can be found here: www.phillyplay.org/findasite
Philly Play Camps Set to Open, Include Five New Sites
July 1, 2015 (Philadelphia) – Philly Play, started by Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) in 2013, is expanding to include five additional recreation centers this summer. The camps will feature Philly Play Coaches, play-focused trainers to coach and encourage campers throughout the six-week camp.
“Philly Play is starting to hit its stride as a program and I’m excited to see it grow to include another five recreation centers this summer,” Councilman Henon said. “I’m looking forward to another fun summer of getting more kids around Philadelphia engaged in indoor and outdoor play!”
The 2015 camps start Monday, July 6 and run concurrently with summer camps offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation, supplementing programming offered at the 15 recreation sites with guided Philly Play-specific training.Read more
Philly Play Hosts Inaugural Summer Challenge
3,000 Kids Participate in ‘All Day Play Day at Vogt Playground”
August 14, 2014 (Philadelphia) – Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) and members of the Philly Play team hosted the inaugural Philly Play Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground yesterday. More than 3,000 kids participated, representing summer camps, day cares, preschools and recreation centers around Philadelphia and the region. The day capped off a successful six-weeks of Philly Play summer camp programming and Pop Up events around the city, all aimed at promoting active play and the use of parks and recreation facilities.
|Summer Challenge attendees celebrate before heading off to skills stations at Vogt Playground (photo by Dan Ceisler)|
Free Fitness Classes from Philly Play
Are your kids in a summer rut? Give the Philly Play Summer Challenge a try! It’s a free six-week program for children ages 6 to 13 years old that will help build confidence and skills to be physically active for an hour each day at local recreation centers throughout the city.
Philly Play Invites First Lady to End of Summer Celebration
About 100 youngsters practicing their dance moves Tuesday for Philly Play's end-of-summer event were giving it their all for a good reason: Their efforts had the added responsibility of persuading Michelle Obama to come to Philadelphia.Read more
Philly Summer Recreation Program Invites First Lady Michelle Obama
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia City Council’s free summer PROGRAM for kids is trying to entice first lady Michelle Obama to visit.
Kids taking part in City Council’s summer activity PROGRAM called “Philly Play” (see related story) are hoping to show off their new dance, agility, and basketball skills to Michelle Obama.Read more
Philly Play Summer Camp Starting July 7
The Philly Play initiative, led by Councilman Bobby Henon and his City Council colleagues, along with Philly Play team members received and prepared a delivery of more than $40,000 of sports equipment this week. The equipment, provided by KO Sports, is currently being sorted and will be delivered to each of the 10 Philly Play recreation centers on Monday, June 30, in preparation for the start of Philly Play summer camp, starting July 7.Read more
Philly Play Gets Active at Herron Playground
Contrary to what musician Eddie Cochran felt in 1958 when singing of his mid-year misery, there are plenty of cures for the summertime blues, with physical activity a reliable remedy. Eager to engender enjoyment as analyzing textbooks becomes a distant endeavor, youths yearned to learn of their options in experiencing June 19’s Philly Play SIGNUP session at Herron Playground, 250 Reed St.Read more
City’s ‘Philly Play’ Summer Sports Program Gets Underway
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia City Council initiative called “Philly Play” is in full swing, with $40,000 worth of sports equipment being distributed to recreation centers across the city.
The PROGRAM, started last year by Councilman Bobby Henon, is being expanded to ten targeted recreation centers, one in each councilmanic district.Read more
Philly Play Will Help Remedy Child Obesity
Op Ed in Northeast Times
Last summer, I started a program called Philly Play right here in the Northeast. I did so because I was concerned about both the lack of access and information surrounding active play and the growing rate of childhood obesity in our city. We held play-oriented events around the 6th District, hosted community conversations around play and HEALTH and ended with a block-long street festival for families.
Recently, City Council expanded Philly Play to recreation centers in each of the 10 Council districts through specialized programming made available to two sets of children through the summer: those who attend summer camp programs at those centers and kids who don’t have the opportunity to.Read more
Childhood Obesity Program Starting Next Month
A PROGRAM aimed at fighting childhood obesity here has been boosted by City Council.
Philly Play is expanding from a program started by Councilman Bobby Henon in 2013. The program – supported by each of council’s 16 members – will offer children structured opportunities to learn about active play and NUTRITION at 10 targeted recreation centers across Philadelphia, one in each council district. The six week program will start on July 7.Read more
Council Kicks off Philly Play Summer Challenge 2014
Council Stands United to Fight Childhood Obesity
City Council kicked off the next phase of the popular Philly Play initiative by recognizing May as National Physical Fitness Month during the stated meeting of Council on Thursday. Philly Play is expanding from a program started by Councilman Bobby Henon (6th District) in 2013. The program – supported by each of Council’s 16 members – will offer children structured opportunities to learn about active play and nutrition at 10 targeted recreation centers across Philadelphia, one in each Council District.
“I’m thrilled to be working with my colleagues in Council as well as with the Department of Parks and Recreation to promote play,” said Councilwoman Cindy Bass (8th District), Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation. “Philadelphia is bursting with free places to play and this is a great way for us to connect our constituents to those resources.”Read more
Henon Hosts Indoor Play Day
Event Focuses On Indoor Play and Physical Activity Options
Councilman Bobby Henon hosted Indoor Play Day, the third event as part of his ongoing Philly Play! initiative, from 6:00 – 8:00 on Nov. 13 at the Tacony PAL Gym on 4401 Aldine St. More than 150 children attended the event, along with parents, to take advantage of the dozen-plus play activities from around Northeast Philadelphia that were featured.Read more
Philly Play Kick Off Draws Hundreds To Torresdale Ave.
Event Kicked Off Councilman's Philly Play! Initiative
More than 700 neighbors joined Councilman Bobby Henon in celebrating at his inaugural Fall Fest, the kickoff event for his new Philly Play initiative.
Vendors from various City agencies and local businesses greeted the community while kids took part in a massive play zone with a rock climbing wall, Velcro wall, ZoomDance and bounce house.
Healthy cooking demonstrations were produced by Farm to City, while free dental exams were offered along with other health screenings by Independence Blue Cross.