Legendary coach William Gambrell is an icon in the Frankford community, leading the Frankford Chargers football team of the Pop Warner League for over 44 years.

He is the first living African-American to have a recreation center named after him, and has been honored by the Philadelphia Eagles for his work in the community.

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“It’s more than just baseball and football and basketball with me.  It’s more or less something to get the kids to finish high school and go to college and make something out of this life.”

Coach Gambrell says he begins mentoring children at a young age about the choices they will make:

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“Be supportive of yourself and respect yourself and honor yourself, because you are the most important person.”

Story by KYW’s Karin Phillips

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