The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) is a pioneer in the country. It augments the impact of local non-profit organizations that use sports to benefit children and youth, particularly those from under-resourced environments. PYSC is a collaborative of Member and Partner agencies that offer character-building and life skills training within the framework of healthy physical development. Collectively, these groups offer a range of sports activities such as cycling, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, riding, rowing, running, soccer, squash, and tennis.
By sharing ideas, combining resources, identifying common areas of need, and leveraging support, PYSC facilitates communication between these organizations and strengthens the positive impact they have on youth, families, and communities. The collaborative also provides resources to other agencies interested in promoting positive youth development through sports activities.
PYSC enjoys a partnership with the Wharton Sports Business Initiative (WSBI) and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP)’s Office of Athletics. Along with its network of faculty, students, and facilities, WSBI provides a wealth of research and opportunity to PYSC. The SDP provides a vital link to schools, school-based programming, families, students, and communities. Both organizations’ resources help inform best practices and maximize overall impact.