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Fun in the sun

  • Play time: Philly Play held a Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground on Aug. 13 to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming. About 3,000 kids attended the daylong event, which included different play stations such as hula hooping, jump ropes, basketball, football, playground time and ground games. Representatives from the 76ers, Eagles and Phillies helped coach the kids.

  • Play time: Philly Play held a Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground on Aug. 13 to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming. About 3,000 kids attended the daylong event, which included different play stations such as hula hooping, jump ropes, basketball, football, playground time and ground games. Representatives from the 76ers, Eagles and Phillies helped coach the kids.

  • Play time: Philly Play held a Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground on Aug. 13 to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming. About 3,000 kids attended the daylong event, which included different play stations such as hula hooping, jump ropes, basketball, football, playground time and ground games. Representatives from the 76ers, Eagles and Phillies helped coach the kids.

  • Play time: Philly Play held a Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground on Aug. 13 to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming. About 3,000 kids attended the daylong event, which included different play stations such as hula hooping, jump ropes, basketball, football, playground time and ground games. Representatives from the 76ers, Eagles and Phillies helped coach the kids.

  • Play time: Philly Play held a Summer Challenge at Vogt Playground on Aug. 13 to celebrate the final week of Philly Play summer programming. About 3,000 kids attended the daylong event, which included different play stations such as hula hooping, jump ropes, basketball, football, playground time and ground games. Representatives from the 76ers, Eagles and Phillies helped coach the kids.

City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on (D-6th dist.) hos­ted the in­aug­ur­al Philly Play Sum­mer Chal­lenge last week at Vo­gt Play­ground in Ta­cony.

More than 3,000 kids par­ti­cip­ated, rep­res­ent­ing sum­mer camps, day cares, preschools and re­cre­ation cen­ters around Phil­adelphia and the re­gion. The day capped off 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.

“This is what Philly Play is all about,” said Hen­on, who cre­ated Philly Play in 2013. “These kids worked hard all sum­mer – now they get to cel­eb­rate.” 

The Sum­mer Chal­lenge fea­tured a vari­ety of skill sta­tions, in­clud­ing bas­ket­ball, foot­ball, yoga, Cross Fit, lacrosse, dance and mar­tial arts.

Sta­tions were staffed and sponsored by groups such as the Phil­adelphia 76ers, Snider Hockey Found­a­tion, Phil­adelphia Spin­ners, Phil­adelphia Eagles, Phil­adelphia Soul, Cradle Lacrosse, Cross Fit Cen­ter City, Philly Jump­ing Jems, Ele­one Dance Com­pany, Green­er Part­ners and NBA Math Hoops.

Coun­cil­man Dav­id Oh (R-at large) ex­hib­ited mar­tial arts.

Phil­adelphia per­son­al­it­ies such as the Phil­lie Phanat­ic, Swoop, the Eagles cheer­lead­ers and former Eagles line­back­er Jeremi­ah Trot­ter also stopped by to greet and play with at­tendees.

Philly Play sent a video to Michelle Obama, ask­ing her to at­tend. The first lady, who is va­ca­tion­ing on Martha’s Vine­yard, did not re­spond.

The day also in­cluded awards for at­tendees and a present­a­tion of $1,000 to Vo­gt.

To learn more, vis­it www.philly­play.org ••

You can reach at noreply@bsmphilly.com.

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