Hope, Love and Basketball: Summer at North Philly’s Hank Gathers Rec Center
Feature (Midsize Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • WHYY
    • Kevin McCorry, host and reporter 
    • Avi Wolfman-Arent, education reporter 
    • Naomi Starobin, editor 
    • Charlie Kaier, sound mixer

About the Entry

Kevin McCorry and Avi Wolfman-Arent documented a summer inside a rec center for subtle glimpses into a place where we know development happens, but where we rarely ask how. 

Comments from the Judges

“This episode must have taken a lot of time, developing trust and respect of the people in it. Transportive and important look into a mainstay of this community for so many kids and even adults.”

“This piece really blew me away. It is such a sensitive look at a community of young people who are not often seen as individuals with their own hopes and dreams, but rather as statistics about growing up in poverty.”


EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​