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Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Philadelphia Freedoms Bring ‘Healthy Futures’ to South Philadelphia Students

By February 18, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

Philadelphia Freedoms’ Lisa Raymond hosts tennis clinic at St. Gabriel School on February 6

Philadelphia, PA – February 6, 2015


The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) brings Philadelphia Freedoms to South Philadelphia’s St. Gabriel School. Philadelphia Freedoms is part of the Foundation’s “Get Fit” focus of its Healthy Futures initiative.

Former number one player in the world and 11-time Grand Slam Champion Lisa Raymond, who played with the Philadelphia Freedoms for nine years, will host a tennis clinic for fourth grade students at St. Gabriel, an Independence Mission School in Grays Ferry. Philadelphia Freedoms will provide the students with their own tennis racquet to use during and after the clinic.

The clinic, in partnership with USTA Middle States, will teach students the basics of tennis using soft foam balls and a portable tennis net. Raymond will also talk to the kids about her experience as a female athlete and the importance of leading healthy lifestyles beyond exercise, including the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and getting enough sleep.


Friday, February 6, 10 a.m.


St. Gabriel School
2917 Dickinson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146


Lisa Raymond, Philadelphia Freedoms
St. Gabriel School fourth grade students
Maureen Furletti, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Key visuals:

Lisa Raymond playing tennis with St. Gabriel School students
Lisa Raymond talking to students about the importance of a healthy lifestyle
St. Gabriel School students taking tennis lessons

The Foundation’s Healthy Futures initiative is a three-year, $3 million comprehensive, collaborative approach to combating obesity and improving child wellness in southeastern Pennsylvania. Healthy Futures focuses on three components of healthy living — “Eat Right,” “Get Fit,” and “Stay Well” — each brought to life in area schools through partnerships with national and regional leaders with expertise in nutrition, fitness, and preventative health care.

Launched in 2013, Healthy Futures offers programming in more than 20 regional schools, including eight in Philadelphia County. Healthy Futures affects nearly 1,000 fifth graders and their families and, often, their fellow students as well.

Philadelphia Freedoms is the official Mylan World Team Tennis (WTT) team of Philadelphia. Cofounded by Billie Jean King, WTT is America’s only professional co-ed team sport. WTT takes center stage in professional tennis, offering fans the opportunity to watch world-class men and women professionals on the same team playing singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in an exciting and unique format.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

Media Contact
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
610-667-9537 (cell)

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBX Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBX Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBX Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.