Our History

Since 2009, the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative (PYSC) has been a leader in promoting Sports Based Youth Development in Philadelphia. PYSC was started by Nancy Peter and Wendy Palmer to serve as a networking group for non-traditional sports-based youth development organizations.  The effort was housed at the University of Pennsylvania's Out-of-School Time Resource Center.

Over the course of several years, PYSC worked not only with nearly 35 organizations that provided SBYD programs, but also built partnerships and initiatives with groups including the School District of Philadelphia, the Department of Human Services, the US Attorney's Office and Philadelphia's Family Court to encourage youth to participate in SYBD programming.  

After seven years of peer support and knowledge sharing, PYSC relaunched in 2015 as a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with an expanded mission that reaches beyond its member organizations to larger city-wide structures that align with its mission. Armed with a revamped mission and a full-time executive director, PYSC is better equipped than ever to bring Sports-Based Youth Development programming to the children of Philadelphia.


The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative is committed to supporting Philadelphia’s sports-based youth development (SBYD) community at all levels - from the citywide system to the individual youth participants.  Working as a convener in the SBYD sector, PYSC wants to strengthen and build capacity among not only the non-profit organizations that deliver programs, but also throughout the larger provider system that exists to develop and support this type of programming for Philadelphia’s youth.

PYSC is committed to a strategic focus on the areas of member support, developing partnerships among SBYD stakeholders, building a research base to prove our impact, advocating on behalf of the SBYD sector, and working to drive resources into Philadelphia to support these efforts.  We believe this work will support universal access to SBYD programming for Philadelphia's youth.