Philadelphia Soul hold Town Takeover at Northern Children’s Services in Wissahickon

By Bernard J. Scally – Originally published by The Roxborough Review on July 18, 2015 

WISSAHICKON >> Northern Children’s Services had plenty of “soul” July 10.

To celebrate its winning season, the Arena League Football’s Philadelphia Soul hosted a Town Takeover of the 6-acre campus
, inviting the community to have some fun.

“It’s always great to get the guys interacting with the community,” said Soul assistant head coach/line coach Phil Bogel.

The family friendly event brought the team up close and personal with residents as players and Philadelphia Soul Dance Team signed autographs. Children and adults got to participate in team warmups and run drills including catching passes from team quarterback Dan Raudabaugh. Commentary was provided by defensive back LaRico Stevenson.

“It’s always nice having these athletes give back,” said resident John McCormick.

The Philadelphia Soul has a history with Northern Children’s Services, making appearances there in the past. Former team owner Jon Bon Jovi was introduced to the campus through a taping of MTV’s “The Real World” in 2004. Bon Jovi donated a $70,000 playground; the Soul Playground still in use on campus today. Bon Jovi also donated school supplies, uniforms and computers during that visit. He would mention Northern Children’s Services and its mission on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2005. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, formerly The Philadelphia Soul Foundation, was a major sponsor in the recent renovation of Merrick Hall, the oldest building on campus which reopened last year.

“We’re looking forward to many more events like this to share with our community,” said Cobbs-Fletcher.

Formerly known as Northern Home for Children, Northern Children’s Services was founded in 1853 and serves as a comprehensive social service agency providing a variety of behavioral health and child welfare services to children and families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Northern Children’s Services affects thousands of children’s lives every year through family, school and community-based programs and supports.

“We’re always looking for foster families,” said Cobbs-Fletcher.

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