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Girls @ Comegy's school (K-8)



For West Philadelphia students:


  1. Create sports participation and competition opportunities 
  2. Create a student-athlete culture within partner University-Assisted Community Schools that (a) strengthens school pride and (b) Improves school attendance and academic performance by integrating sports into the curricula
  3. Improve fitness and health
  4. Establish and nurture a college-going culture
  5. Expand leadership and civic opportunities


When she says YQCA changed her son’s life, Chanta Staples isn’t exaggerating. A reserved boy who likes a challenge, Clyde was tired of more ubiquitous sports like basketball and football. Chanta remembers wishing he had an avenue for having fun, being active, and learning new things. Then Clyde discovered lacrosse through YQCA. Chanta was thrilled with the pride he took in learning new skills, wearing his uniform, and imagining himself on a college team one day. Within a year, he went from never having held a lacrosse stick to being the team’s goalie. Best of all, he became more outgoing. Wanting to be like his Penn mentor, he taught his sisters and the younger children on his block the basics of lacrosse. His mother couldn’t be happier. “The fact that your son is teaching someone else is a very good feeling,” she says.

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