The Philadelphia Suns organization seeks to build character in our members so that they would be positive influences in our team & community, as well as productive team players in their personal & professional lives. We seek to foster community by encouraging sportsmanship and volunteerism, and to instill values of leadership among the various ages through team-wide events. Values we work to emphasize are hard work, teamwork, respect, self-control, and integrity.
The Philadelphia Suns began in 1972 with a handful of youths playing basketball in Chinatown. Celebrating our 40 years in 2012, the Suns continue to play an instrumental role in meeting the needs of youths in their formative years and into their young adult lives. Our mission is to promote, organize, and support athletic, cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities for anyone who wishes to participate. With over half of the 120 active members in our 9 teams still in school, we are now nurturing our third generation of young people who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
We are proud to have grown into a national 501(c)3 non-profit , boasting an extensive and tight network of alumni and supporters throughout Philadelphia and the Asian Basketball & Volleyball circuits. Historically, we’ve been early participants of the NACBAIT (North American Chinese Basketball Invitational Tournament) and NACIVT (North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament) among many other regional and local tournaments. The Suns have grown to offer a diverse array of programs beyond just basketball to also include volleyball, dedication to community service, professional lion dancing, college visits, and more.
Since 1989, the Suns have been led by Harry Leong and as always, powered by countless volunteers. We are excited to see that the Suns have multiplied over the decades – in numbers of people, the expansion of our reach, and in programs we put on. Entire families have grown up through the Suns. To this day, we continue to empower the youth and young adults to transform their community through athletics, service, and social responsibility.
The Philadelphia Suns is a volunteer, non-profit organization funded through grants, fundraising events, and participant contributions. As a true volunteer organization, we run solely on the generosity of its member’s time & energy. There are various levels of participation. Most are involved in the athletic programs while contributing to servicing the community. Some help out behind-the-scenes and take on leadership roles. Members proudly take ownership of their involvement with the Suns and its mission and actively give back.
Sampling of our annual events:
- NACBAIT Tournaments
- NACIVT Tournaments
- Winter & Spring Basketball Invitational Tournaments
- Summer Volleyball Mini’s Tournaments
- Chinese New Years Midnight Parade
- Chinese New Years Chinatown Parade
- Fall/Spring/Callowhill Clean-up
- Broad Street Run & other local races
- Annual Suns Fundraising Banquet
- Annual Suns BBQ Picnic
- Annual Suns Paintball Outing
Lion dancing is a cultural activity that all members participate in. In addition to keeping Philadelphia’s Asian American community close to their roots, it is also our major fundraiser for our traveling sports teams (equipment, supplies, transportation, court fees, etc). All funds go directly to team needs and all members practice & perform this important tradition to preserve the cultural importance & tradition of the lion dance.
The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance troupe is available for performance year-round for all occasions (weddings, banquets, grand openings, cultural shows, and other events). For more information & to book, please contact Harry Leong at firstname.lastname@example.org.