Al Stephens was a beloved Philly Freedom Star Basketball Coach, who lost his battle with Cancer in the Spring of 2016. Al was well loved and highly respected by all Players, Parents and fellow Coaches.

Al showed great passion for the game and more importantly helping all of the kids learn the game and also the life lessons that basketball teaches all of us. He was a giving person and took true joy in helping those that needed it the most.

In the spirit of Al Stephens’ legacy, we have started a Memorial Fund, that will benefit families who would otherwise be unable to afford paying their basketball registration fees.  Now Coach Al can continue helping the children, even in spirit.

Because we are a 501(3)c Organization, all donations to the Coach Al Stephens Memorial Fund, will be tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity and helping us honor Coach Al for years to come!

  • Lori, words can't express the sorrow that I am feeling. I am deeply saddened by your family's loss. But please try to find comfort in knowing that he is with God and will always be looking over you and the kids. You have your own special angel in heaven. I love you! Def gonna miss those pit stops to Jerrys in between those Maryland AAU games. Keeping you and your family in prayer,

    Tamika ThorntonThornton Family
  • Dear Coach Al, Thank you for always encouraging us.  Thank you for taking time out of your day to help us succeed and get better.  From the few times I had you as a coach, you taught me to never get down on myself, to keep working, and most importantly never be satisfied where I'm at. You will truly be missed and I'm blessed to have met you. Love, Nyah Garrison

    Nyah Garrison PFS 17U Elite Team
  • Praying the entire Stephens family strength throughout this sorrowful time. May he rest in Peace.

    Antoinette BurellNisea Burell's Family
  • Lori, I cannot even begin to understand what you and your family are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and deepest condolences to you, Aliyah and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may your husband rest in peace.

    Syrita Edney Syrita and Taliyah Rahman
  • I want to give my deepest sympathy to the Stephens family, we will keep you in our prayers. Coach was a good guy that gave his knowledge and patience to help others, it was my pleasure to coach with him. He will be missed.

    Sam LoweThe Lowe family.
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    Dear Stephens Family,

    We are very saddened by the loss of Al.  As a family, we are fortunate that we had the privilege to know him. There are no words that we can say to bring you sufficient comfort.  Please know that our prayers are with your family asking God to bring you the strength that you need during this very difficult time.

    For us, Al will be remembered as a man of great character and kindness, which he effortlessly displayed.  His true love of people was obvious in the way he treated everyone that he touched.

    Our wish to you is that your pain lessens with each day, and that your wonderful memories remain strong forever.

    Jeff BraungartThe Braungart Family
  •   Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Stephens family and PFS family during this tragic time. May everyone find the comfort and strength in their faith to get through this. Coach Al was a great person that inspired, encouraged and uplifted the girls to do their best. May he rest in paradise. The Cooke Family ( Alexis Watley)

    Talia Bradley CookeThe Cooke Family ( Alexis Watley)
  • Stephens Family, May God continue to walk with you through the this difficult time.  Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you all.  May you find peace in knowing that your Father/husband is is in a truly better place. Al only wanted the best for you all.  He spoke highly of his older Son and really made sure to spend as much time as he could with Aliyah  and Alex. Lori you were his world as I know, you know. Strength will come, because the foundation is there. You are Strong, You are Supported and you are Loved. God Bless you And the family. The Pierce Family. Danita.Charles.Ed.Summer.Chucky

    Danita PierceThe Pierce Family. Danita.Charles.Ed.Summer.Chucky
  • Lori, The Rhine family passes on our sincere condolences to you and your family. Al was such a great man. I always "really listened"when he spoke because I always felt there was so much wisdom in his thoughts. He truly cared about all the girls development. He had a great sense of humor. Al's laugh was so infectious that when he laughed I had to laugh. He will be sorely missed by so many... God bless...

    Larry RhineLarry, Sandy and Natalie Rhine
  • Prayers to Aliyah, Ms Lori & family. Coach Al  is a great dude & calm spirit! May God give you all strength and comfort at this time.

    Jercina ButlerCoach Jay
  • Stephens Family: Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache but know those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.  Lori, may you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

    Dutchess Graham-HinsonThe Hinsons
  • Our condolences go out to Aliyah , Lori, Alex, and the entire Stephens family. We are so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the words of our LORD and Savior, who says, “The Lord gives perfect peace to those whose faith is firm. So always trust the Lord because he is forever our mighty rock.” ‭(‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3-4‬ ) GOD Bless

    Dr. Toney BonettFaith Bonett's Father
  • The words that immediately come to my mind when I think of Al Stephens is integrity, listener, coach, giver and family man.

    Mark KiefferHaylee Kieffer's Dad
  • Please know that you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. Please let me know if there is absolutely anything that I can do to help you or your lovely family. God Bless.   maxresdefault

    Ryan GarnerThe Entire Garner Family
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