‘Need a Net Philly’: Pediatricians replace basketball nets at city playgrounds

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – A local pediatrician proves that childcare doesn’t just start in the hospital. It can even start on the basketball court.

“I just noticed I was driving every day to work from Mount Airy to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia that many of the courses I pass had no nets on the rims and there were no children playing were, ”said Dr. Daniel Taylor.

Earlier this year, Taylor asked his family and colleagues to change that.

“For me it’s a basketball problem, it’s a health problem, a bit of an equality issue in more deprived neighborhoods,” he noted. He says the solution is “as simple as casting a net”.

The team is firing at hundreds of brand new nets to be installed on 180 basketball courts in Philadelphia. After adding up the math, they say it will cost between $ 8,000 and $ 10,000. The community has already donated enough to cover more than half of that total.

‘We really have a small army of people hanging up nets. We have a number of residents at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, ”Taylor added. So we can get it out in a few days. It costs the community nothing at all. ‘

Taylor’s 16-year-old son, Will, was grateful for the opportunity to replace and test those nets today.

“I’m glad we played a game. I haven’t played such a game in a while,” he said. “It felt normal, and that’s what everything hasn’t felt for so long.”

Next to him played Jordan Chu, a pediatrician at St. Christopher’s. He says that playing with a new net gives a sense of dignity to the community.

“There’s just something about the sound of the swish and the basketball going through the net,” he said, “This certainly changes their confidence on the field, and hopefully translates off the field.”

For more information about Need a Net Philly and how to donate, find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Venmo by searching for “NeedaNetPhilly.”

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