As of March 2011, the Philadelphia crime rate has increased compared to what it was in March of last year. Many organizations like the recently opened BE Arts Academy on Broad Street, have been aiming to get the kids off the streets and into a safe environment. The Holmesburg Boys Club has been quietly doing this for the past 50 years.
The large white brick building at Lansing and Ditman streets houses a full basketball court that doubles indoor hockey rink with boards and glass. Unlike many other boys and girls clubs in Philadelphia, Holmesburg is entirely owned and operated by volunteers.
“We pay our own bills. We pay our own utilities,” says Matthew Mullins, the political liaison for the club. “This is a privately owned arena.” continue reading »