Dr. Meyers with Mo’ne Davis and Scott Bandura at the Up2Us Sports annual gala at the IAC Building in New York. Congrats to Mo’ne and Anderson Monarch’s coach Steve Bandura for being honored with their Up2Us Sports Legacy Award! They are a great example of what a positive player-coach relationship can do, both on and off the field. We were honored to sponsor the Anderson Monarch’s Barnstorming Tour in 2012 when we first met Steve, Mo’ne and the rest of the amazing team of coaches and kids.
16 tenth grade students in the medical track at Audenreid High, with their teacher, Jorja Darby, got to step into the shoes of medical professionals at Vincera Institute through Vincera Foundation’s Jocks2Docs program. Our Jocks2Doc program aims to create opportunity for youth to experience the multifaceted field of sports medicine, promoting awareness of the many career pathways within the field. Audenreid first participated in Jocks2Docs when Vincera visited the high school to teach an interactive class about sports injuries. Students in the class learned how to determine and prepare a SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) note when examining patients as well as how to share it with those professionals along a patient’s care path.
Check out this great article in Sunday’s Inquirer about Dr. Meyers and the Vincera Team!
Star athletes flock to Vincera for game-changing surgery
By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
POSTED: April 20, 2015
When it comes to repairing pulled abdominal muscles or aching abductors, William Meyers is the go-to guy.
The 65-year-old surgeon is the founder of the Vincera Institute at Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, where marquee athletic stars and weekend warriors travel from across the country to fix core and hip injuries. The rehabbed USO building houses services from diagnosis to imaging to rehabilitation.
Since the 1980s, Meyers has performed some 20,000 operations on core muscles for the famous and the not so famous, about 700 over the last year alone.
Meyers’ patient list is a who’s who of past and present Philadelphia sports stars – including former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, Eagles tight end Brent Celek, and Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. Not to mention such other greats as retired NBA star Grant Hill, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.
April is National Youth Sports Safety month! We are excited to see programs and educators come together this month to help bring awareness to injury prevention! As spring and summer youth programs begin, it is a great time to help promote awareness of the increasing injuries in youth sports and help facilitate a better understanding of how we can prevent these injuries. Through the Foundation, we are able to provide health, fitness and injury prevention workshops for sports based youth development programs, their coaches, program professionals and parents. We continue to believe through the power of partnerships that we will have greatest impact in accomplishing our mission.
Below is a post from a nonprofit organization in St. Louis seeking to create safer high school sports programs. It was founded in 2014 by Dr. Ron Wagner. Check out these 4 easy steps that anyone associated with youth sports can do to help spread awareness and prevention for our youth.
On November 3, Vincera hosted a pilot Professional Development Symposium. They brought together The Philadelphia School Athletic Office, Up2Us, and Black Women in Sports Foundation centered around the theme “The Power of Culture and Coach.”
The goal was to work with a cadre of administrators and top coaches in improving the athletic culture, skill development, preparation, and programs for Philadelphia School District students. They served and highlighted the career path of coach as essential in the sports based youth development process.
Robert Coleman, Executive Director, Philadelphia School District Athletics
Claire Perry, Philadelphia Director, Up2Us
Sakora Miller, Up2Us Trained and Squash Smarts Coach
Lynsey Grace & Marirose Roach, Coaches
Dr. Marc Legere, Director, Jocks2Docs program
Dean Millard, Physical Therapist, Vincera Rehab
Vincera Foundation, the Horner Foundation and Philanthropy Network partnered to host the third Sports-Based Youth Development Conversation. We welcomed special guest Paul Caccamo, President and Founder of Up2Us, a nationwide leader in sports-based youth development. Paul came armed with staff and trained coaches to demonstrate the impact their Coaches Across America program has had in training and professionalizing the role of coaching in sports-based youth development across the country.
Coach Across America (CAA) places and trains the nation’s best and brightest role models to bring sports-based youth development to our most underserved communities. Their coaches inspire children to be leaders and contributing members of their communities. CAA coaches understand that every program session, practice or game is a chance to positively impact a child’s future.
Their lively discussion and demonstration created great buzz and interest in bringing their program to Philadelphia.
We were thrilled to host seniors from Philadelphia City Rowing at the Vincera Institute. We gave them a full tour of our facilities focused on a theoretical core muscle injury. They met with Dr. Poor who went over the basic anatomy of the core, PT and Nava Yoga where they learned how to recover from a core muscle injury, and finished the afternoon with a tour of the surgery center and a smoothie from the Galley Cafe.
Philadelphia City Rowing is a sports-based youth development program that seeks to empower local public school students through the sport of rowing. Rowing combines strength and endurance, power and grace and is considered to be one of the most demanding sports in the world. We are proud to support such a great program. To find our more about Philadelphia City Rowing you can visit their webpage here. For more pictures of their visit, check out our Facebook page.
The 2014 Little League World Series came and went and we were excited to cheer on the Philadelphia team, The Taney Dragons this year! In its 68th Anniversary, 8 teams from the United States and 7 International teams competed to represent their region in the Little League World Series. Since the dawn of baseball in the 18th century, children have often played “pickup” games in streets or sandlots with mismatched equipment and substandard conditions. The Little League as we know it today was started by Carl Stotz in 1938 in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His goal was to provide a baseball program for the boys of Williamsport and to teach them the ideals of sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork. From its small beginnings Little League Baseball has grown into the world’s largest organized youth sports program in just over seven decades.
Vincera Foundation was happy to host the 3rd annual Students Run Philly Style Summer Bootcamp! The experts at Vincera Institute lead the students in warm-up exercises and stretching (pictured above), yoga, and bootcamp style cross training exercises. The bootcamp has proven to be a favorite among the SRPS students and this year was no exception. We had over 120 students there for an evening of fun and trying activities. The SRPS program connects students with adult mentors who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of the Philadelphia Marathon in November. Since 2004 Students Run Philly Style has served over 4000 students, ages 12-18, from neighborhoods across Philadelphia. We are proud to support such a great program! To find out how to get involved or for more information about Students Run Philly Style, click here. To view more pictures from the event please visit our Facebook Page.
Vincera Foundation is excited to host the 3rd annual Students Run Philly Style Summer Bootcamp on Juy 29! The bootcamp has proven to be a favorite among the SRPS students and this year we are expecting to host 150-200 students for another great cross-training experience. SRPS’s program connects students with adult mentors who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of the Philadelphia Marathon in November. On Tuesday, July 29th the Vincera Institute experts will lead the students in warm-up exercises and stretching, yoga, Excel Cord exercises, and bootcamp training. Since 2004 Students Run Philly Style has served over 4000 students, ages 12-18, from neighborhoods across Philadelphia. We are proud to support such a great program! To find out how to get involved or for more information about Students Run Philly Style, click here. Also, stay tuned for pictures after the event and check out pictures from last year, here.