Ballard Spahr is providing pro bono and organizational support for a new nonprofit organization, Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB), which launched today in the city’s Logan section and intends to build a $25 million basketball-based youth development center in that area.

PYB will offer basketball instruction and competition, academic support, leadership development opportunities, health counseling, and family engagement opportunities to children, from preschool through young adulthood. The youth development center will include indoor and outdoor courts, training facilities, classrooms, and a community health and wellness center. 

Ballard Spahr partner John B. Langel, Chair of the PYB board, is leading the firm’s efforts. Nearly a dozen lawyers have devoted more than 500 hours of pro bono service to establish PYB. Gregory L. Seltzer, another Ballard Spahr partner, is also a board member.

“From real estate negotiations to nonprofit incorporation work, the Ballard Spahr lawyers have been with us from the start,” said Kenneth Holdsman, PYB President and CEO and former Ballard Spahr lawyer. “Their legal knowledge and deep understanding of the Philadelphia region make them the ideal partners for this project.”

The Ballard Spahr team guided PYB through the incorporation process, advised on public sector strategy, and is counseling the nonprofit on intellectual property matters. Real Estate Department Chair Bart Mellits handled the real estate negotiations for the youth center.

“We’re thrilled to be able to engage our resources to help such a worthy cause,” said Mr. Langel. “There are so many children living in poverty in Philadelphia and we’re hoping to use this city’s love of basketball to create meaningful change for them.”

Ballard Spahr has a long-standing commitment to providing pro bono legal services. Each year, firm attorneys contribute more than 35,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a range of recipients including nonprofit organizations, low-income individuals, and arts groups.