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PGiM in the South Philly Review

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Philly Girls in Motion making more memories

A Point Breeze school’s attendees are strengthening their bodies and minds through a thriving nonprofit.

By Joseph Myers
Add Comment Add Comment|Comments: 0 |Posted Oct. 16, 2014

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Members of CrossFit PHL are helping their eager charges to gain greater senses of the benefits of exercise. The girls will continue to receive instruction throughout the school year.

Photo by Rob Torney

Racing across the gymnasium floor at St. Thomas Aquinas Mission School, 18th and Morris streets, Monday with all the joy one would wish for an 8-year-old to know, Sonia Bautista appeared the picture of confidence and commitment. Along with 11 other enrollees at the Point Breeze institution, she gleefully spent 75 minutes taking tutelage from instructors at CrossFit PHL, one of the partners whom Philly Girls in Motion has enlisted to assist young females’ physical and mental maturation.

“I feel much better about myself,” Sonia, of Second and Morris streets, said of the nearly three-week-old program. “I love playing games and the coaches are nice, too.”

If the Pennsport resident had not elected to join the three-times-a-week initiative, she confessed she most likely would be choosing sleep over exercise once home from school. To the delight of Philly Girls in Motion founder Beth Devine, the girl and her peers have chosen to champion personal responsibility one exercise session and nutrition lesson at a time.

“Their progress has been phenomenal,” the Havertown dweller said of the registrants, who initiated their fitness crusade Sept. 29. “They’re very diligent and they’re making great connections with the adults and one another.”

Devine began the program at the request of St. Thomas Aquinas principal Vincent Mazzio, a friend of 20 years, who wanted his site to move from being a basketball-only entity. As the runner, swimmer and triathlete has enjoyed a thriving presence in South Philly through interactions with the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St.; Guerin Recreation Center, 2201 S. 16th St.; and Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., she transformed the idea into a full-fledged wonder that counts CrossFit PHL, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Villanova University’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education as colleagues in countering depression and sedentary lifestyles.

“So many women, for whatever reasons, often find themselves saying ‘I can’t’ when it comes to getting in and staying in shape,” Joe Renzi, a coach at CrossFit PHL, 1414 S. Darien St., said. “We all believe we can help them to say ‘I can,’ and we realize that it’s really important to work to instill that in females no matter their age. These girls have listened to every instruction, and they’re determined to believe in themselves.”

The Girard Estate inhabitant came to the attention of Devine through a friend and called on three colleagues Monday for his third installment of increased heart rates and uplifted spirits. With a daughter of his own, Renzi regards his role as not only an immediate assistant but also as a potentially long-term influence whose message of self-belief can prove to have a domino effect.

“They’re seeing strong women in action, and that can be beneficial,” he said. “At their ages, there are many chances to doubt themselves. That’s where we love to step in and be positive influences. What’s better than that?”

The partnership is helping the Catholic school to live up to its all-inclusive identity, already apparent in its multi-cultural enrollment figures, by involving girls from every grade. Most attend for all three days, with Tuesdays centering on lacrosse and Wednesdays involving group exercises such as dance, Pilates, yoga and Zumba.

“For other programs, we’ve had the registrants set goals,” Devine said. “For this, though, we just wanted to make it about movement.”

As if on cue, Sonia and the others, right after showing their brawn by performing perfect pushups, engaged in chases that led to abundant laughter. Thoroughly enjoying their enjoyment, Devine frequently nodded and encouraged their efforts, endeavors that have always mattered to Kayla Hillian.

“I love to exercise,” the 12-year-old sixth-grader said. “I used to take dance class, so I like having this chance to be active.”

The resident of the 2200 block of McClellan Street appreciates the care that their elders display in addressing the connections between physical preparation and mental stimulation.

“I think feeling good physically and mentally go hand in hand,” Renzi, whose successful portfolio includes strength and conditioning aid for the Neumann-Goretti baseball team, which in the spring captured its fourth Catholic League title since 2009, said. “These girls are getting that knowledge.”

Kayla is especially riveted because of the opportunities. With her history of fitness, which includes time at the Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian St., she knows that each exercise, while giving her stamina and strength, also encourages wise decisions in other facets of her life. As she prepares for adolescence, she and the overseers know that perpetual positivity can prove a difficult weight to lift confidently but when one establishes a routine, nothing can halt growth.

“Everyone is supportive,” Kayla, who with the others could come to take up volleyball in the winter, said. “I like being with them as much as I like being with my friends.”

“We all need access to great choices,” Devine added. “We’re glad to be that portal for these girls and many others.”


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Philly Girls in Motion Lacrosse Featured in Passyunk Post!

This great article was featured in both the Passyunk Post and PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com

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West Oak Lane Rec Center hosts Philly Girls in Motion sessions

West Oak Lane girls are gearing up for fitness this spring through Philly Girls in Motion, an initiative that brings young girls together to exercise and learn healthy habits.

The eight-week workout session will be held at the Simons Community Recreation Center, located at 7200 Woolston Ave. It features group fitness sessions including yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, boot camp and Flip Fitness.  Read Article

 


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Philly Girls in Motion Featured on Fox29

(via MyFoxPhilly.com)

“Philly Girls in Motion” is a new program coming to Philadelphia.

In an effort to cut down childhood obesity rates and get more girls involved in a healthy lifestyle, the program will teach young women how to grocery shop, prepare healthy meals and exercise.

The girls become empowered – and fit!

Beth Devine, Program Director for “Philly Girls in Motion” stopped by Fox 29 news at Ten to discuss this exciting program.


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MMA grad helps fight childhood obesity

(via Main Line Media News)

Beth Devine is getting Philly girls up and moving.

The founder and director of Philly Girls in Motion is determined to “reach out to girls and get them active,” said the Havertown native who graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in Merion. Devine had been working in the corporate world for years and running athletic programs during the summer. An athlete herself, Devine missed being active in full-time health and fitness work. She got herself back in shape and realized “there are so many kids that are inactive and overweight; I wanted to give back to them.”

Continue reading at Main Line Media News


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Motivating girls into motion

(via SouthPhillyReview.com)

After launching basketball clinics locally, a nonprofit broadens its scope to encourage youngsters to become active.


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PHILLY GIRLS IN MOTION KICKOFF HAPPY HOUR

(via PhillyMag.com)

On Monday, June 28th, Councilman Jim Kenney, Bill Anderson of the WURD morning show, and the directors of Philly Girls in Motion, hosted the Philly Girls in Motion Kickoff Happy Hour at The Palm. Celebrity bartenders served drinks and collected tips to help support the new organization dedicated to nutrition and fitness for Philadelphia girls. Celebrity bartenders included Bill Anderson, head coach Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball, head coach Bruiser Flint of Drexel University men’s basketball, head coach Denise Dillon of Drexel University women’s vasketball, and former general manager and team president of the Philadelphia 76ers Billy King. Photography by Diane Devine Foster

View the gallery at www.PhillyMag.com


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PGiM in the South Philly Review

Check out this great article from the South Philly Review!  Link to article: CLICK HERE

Philly Girls in Motion making more memories

A Point Breeze school’s attendees are strengthening their bodies and minds through a thriving nonprofit.

By Joseph Myers
Add Comment Add Comment|Comments: 0 |Posted Oct. 16, 2014

Share this Story:

Members of CrossFit PHL are helping their eager charges to gain greater senses of the benefits of exercise. The girls will continue to receive instruction throughout the school year.

Photo by Rob Torney

Racing across the gymnasium floor at St. Thomas Aquinas Mission School, 18th and Morris streets, Monday with all the joy one would wish for an 8-year-old to know, Sonia Bautista appeared the picture of confidence and commitment. Along with 11 other enrollees at the Point Breeze institution, she gleefully spent 75 minutes taking tutelage from instructors at CrossFit PHL, one of the partners whom Philly Girls in Motion has enlisted to assist young females’ physical and mental maturation.

“I feel much better about myself,” Sonia, of Second and Morris streets, said of the nearly three-week-old program. “I love playing games and the coaches are nice, too.”

If the Pennsport resident had not elected to join the three-times-a-week initiative, she confessed she most likely would be choosing sleep over exercise once home from school. To the delight of Philly Girls in Motion founder Beth Devine, the girl and her peers have chosen to champion personal responsibility one exercise session and nutrition lesson at a time.

“Their progress has been phenomenal,” the Havertown dweller said of the registrants, who initiated their fitness crusade Sept. 29. “They’re very diligent and they’re making great connections with the adults and one another.”

Devine began the program at the request of St. Thomas Aquinas principal Vincent Mazzio, a friend of 20 years, who wanted his site to move from being a basketball-only entity. As the runner, swimmer and triathlete has enjoyed a thriving presence in South Philly through interactions with the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St.; Guerin Recreation Center, 2201 S. 16th St.; and Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., she transformed the idea into a full-fledged wonder that counts CrossFit PHL, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Villanova University’s MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education as colleagues in countering depression and sedentary lifestyles.

“So many women, for whatever reasons, often find themselves saying ‘I can’t’ when it comes to getting in and staying in shape,” Joe Renzi, a coach at CrossFit PHL, 1414 S. Darien St., said. “We all believe we can help them to say ‘I can,’ and we realize that it’s really important to work to instill that in females no matter their age. These girls have listened to every instruction, and they’re determined to believe in themselves.”

The Girard Estate inhabitant came to the attention of Devine through a friend and called on three colleagues Monday for his third installment of increased heart rates and uplifted spirits. With a daughter of his own, Renzi regards his role as not only an immediate assistant but also as a potentially long-term influence whose message of self-belief can prove to have a domino effect.

“They’re seeing strong women in action, and that can be beneficial,” he said. “At their ages, there are many chances to doubt themselves. That’s where we love to step in and be positive influences. What’s better than that?”

The partnership is helping the Catholic school to live up to its all-inclusive identity, already apparent in its multi-cultural enrollment figures, by involving girls from every grade. Most attend for all three days, with Tuesdays centering on lacrosse and Wednesdays involving group exercises such as dance, Pilates, yoga and Zumba.

“For other programs, we’ve had the registrants set goals,” Devine said. “For this, though, we just wanted to make it about movement.”

As if on cue, Sonia and the others, right after showing their brawn by performing perfect pushups, engaged in chases that led to abundant laughter. Thoroughly enjoying their enjoyment, Devine frequently nodded and encouraged their efforts, endeavors that have always mattered to Kayla Hillian.

“I love to exercise,” the 12-year-old sixth-grader said. “I used to take dance class, so I like having this chance to be active.”

The resident of the 2200 block of McClellan Street appreciates the care that their elders display in addressing the connections between physical preparation and mental stimulation.

“I think feeling good physically and mentally go hand in hand,” Renzi, whose successful portfolio includes strength and conditioning aid for the Neumann-Goretti baseball team, which in the spring captured its fourth Catholic League title since 2009, said. “These girls are getting that knowledge.”

Kayla is especially riveted because of the opportunities. With her history of fitness, which includes time at the Christian Street YMCA, 1724 Christian St., she knows that each exercise, while giving her stamina and strength, also encourages wise decisions in other facets of her life. As she prepares for adolescence, she and the overseers know that perpetual positivity can prove a difficult weight to lift confidently but when one establishes a routine, nothing can halt growth.

“Everyone is supportive,” Kayla, who with the others could come to take up volleyball in the winter, said. “I like being with them as much as I like being with my friends.”

“We all need access to great choices,” Devine added. “We’re glad to be that portal for these girls and many others.”


read more
Philly Girls in Motion Lacrosse Featured in Passyunk Post!

This great article was featured in both the Passyunk Post and PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE


read more
West Oak Lane Rec Center hosts Philly Girls in Motion sessions

West Oak Lane girls are gearing up for fitness this spring through Philly Girls in Motion, an initiative that brings young girls together to exercise and learn healthy habits.

The eight-week workout session will be held at the Simons Community Recreation Center, located at 7200 Woolston Ave. It features group fitness sessions including yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, boot camp and Flip Fitness.  Read Article

 


read more
Philly Girls in Motion Featured on Fox29

(via MyFoxPhilly.com)

“Philly Girls in Motion” is a new program coming to Philadelphia.

In an effort to cut down childhood obesity rates and get more girls involved in a healthy lifestyle, the program will teach young women how to grocery shop, prepare healthy meals and exercise.

The girls become empowered – and fit!

Beth Devine, Program Director for “Philly Girls in Motion” stopped by Fox 29 news at Ten to discuss this exciting program.


read more
MMA grad helps fight childhood obesity

(via Main Line Media News)

Beth Devine is getting Philly girls up and moving.

The founder and director of Philly Girls in Motion is determined to “reach out to girls and get them active,” said the Havertown native who graduated from Merion Mercy Academy in Merion. Devine had been working in the corporate world for years and running athletic programs during the summer. An athlete herself, Devine missed being active in full-time health and fitness work. She got herself back in shape and realized “there are so many kids that are inactive and overweight; I wanted to give back to them.”

Continue reading at Main Line Media News


read more
Motivating girls into motion

(via SouthPhillyReview.com)

After launching basketball clinics locally, a nonprofit broadens its scope to encourage youngsters to become active.


read more
PHILLY GIRLS IN MOTION KICKOFF HAPPY HOUR

(via PhillyMag.com)

On Monday, June 28th, Councilman Jim Kenney, Bill Anderson of the WURD morning show, and the directors of Philly Girls in Motion, hosted the Philly Girls in Motion Kickoff Happy Hour at The Palm. Celebrity bartenders served drinks and collected tips to help support the new organization dedicated to nutrition and fitness for Philadelphia girls. Celebrity bartenders included Bill Anderson, head coach Phil Martelli of St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball, head coach Bruiser Flint of Drexel University men’s basketball, head coach Denise Dillon of Drexel University women’s vasketball, and former general manager and team president of the Philadelphia 76ers Billy King. Photography by Diane Devine Foster

View the gallery at www.PhillyMag.com


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Programs

Our goal is to make the programs offered by Philly Girls in Motion accessible to as many girls as we can.  Check out our current locations and view our program schedules.

FITNESS & HEALTHY HABITS PROGRAMS (click for more info)

Guerin Recreation Center 

South Philadelphia

16th & Jackson Sts.

Philadelphia, PA 19145

Simons Recreation Center 

West Oak Lane

7200 Woolston Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19138

LACROSSE PROGRAM (click for more info)

Our lacrosse program takes place at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association Complex (EOM) in South Philadelphia/Pennsport area.  Fall instructional league is in the works!  Registration is open now for Fall Clinics!

BASKETBALL PROGRAMS (click for more info)

Our Philly Girls Got Game programs run out of Neumann Goretti High School in South Philadelphia.

We are currently enrolling for our annual clinic with the Women’s Division I Basketball Teams.  Join Drexel, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova, Penn and LaSalle on OCTOBER 5th from 10am – 12noon.Register for Basketball Clinic

 


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