The History of EOMAA

EOM started in 1961 with one kiddie football team. The program was initiated through the efforts of "Shoie" Sisman, then director of the 4th & Shunk playground, Joe Fieger, the first Athletic Director, and the EOM Men's Club. The Men's Club sponsored the first team and served as a base of operations for the beginning years, as well as playing a major part in the fund raising activities of Club EOM.

The program grew, immediately adding additional teams, and in 1966 there were five teams competing in five weight divisions of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League The growth of EOM soared in the early 70's. In 1972 the EOM Athletic Association (the new official incorporated name) embarked on a massive plan to develop an athletic facility at Front & Moore Streets.

The scope of the athletic activity had grown to more than 60 teams competing in both intramural and outside leagues in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, bowling and boxing. The athletic complex was completed in stages thanks to the tremendous support of the community in general, and in particular to the Pennsport Civic Association, the Whitman Civic Association and the numerous Mummers organizations who played a major role in all of our EOM fund-raising efforts.

One of those efforts, The Tag Day Parade, a Mummers Parade which ran from South Street to Oregon Avenue, spanned a period of ten years and became a major neighborhood happening.

The 80s brought a series of both happy and sad events. The new gym opened in 1983 and quickly began to be used to capacity. However, also in the 1983, the club portion of the complex was destroyed by fire. The rebuilding process was slow and painful and resulted in a slowdown of the athletic programs. Fortunately, the late 80's represented a period of new growth, which is still ongoing.

As we begin the new century we have an active and increasing program consisting of football, boy's and girl's basketball, boy's and girl's soccer, baseball and a tremendously successful summer camp. We also host a grade school age dance to provide some supervised evening activity for the neighborhood youngsters. The number of participants in all of our activities continues to increase and we are planning to add several new programs in the near future.

We have had a wonderful past filled with many happy memories and we look forward to a bright and equally happy future.

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