Philadelphia Youth Football Academy
Philadelphia YouthFootball Academy 

Board of Directors


President, Vonkurt Redley, M.A. Candidate 

Vonkurt is a current Social Studies Educator with the School District of Philadelphia. He taught at New Media Technology, Mastery Charter and Audenried High Schools in Philadelphia from September 2006 to April 2016. He is currently teaching at John Bartram High School and pursuing a Master of Science in Education from Cabrini University's Graduate School of Education. As an urban educator, Vonkurt has experienced meeting the needs of diverse learners. At Roosevelt Elementary School, he currently teaches students with a wide variety of learning needs, and he is dedicating himself to making his lessons accessible to all students. Vonkurt also ran track and field while attending Kutztown University. He ran the 110 Meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, and the 4x400 meter relay. From 2016-19, Vonkurt was the Head Track Coach and Basketball Coach at Roosevelt. His athletes competed in the 2017 and 2018 Penn Relays, receiving a third-place medal in the heavily competitive middle school division the MPAA Sports Program and Middle School Track Club.


Vice President, Mr. Jamar Davenport:

Jamar is a graduate of George Washington High School (Philadelphia) and Delaware State University. He majored in Sport Management and completed internships in Japan and at Rehoboth Beach (DE) in Aquatics. Those internships were in Aquatics, where Jamar served as a Lifeguard. Jamar also served as a Lifeguard with the City of Philadelphia Recreation Centers and with the renowned Nile Swim Club. His family also were members. Jamar was a walk-on with the Delaware State University Football Team and worked with DSU’s Wellness and Recreation Department. Jamar played Free Safety and was a Lifeguard (with) Aquatics. Jamar’s other football experience includes stints with several semi-professional football organizations. He played with the Tabor (Philadelphia) Rams, Delaware Blue Demons, Delaware Buccaneers and North Philadelphia Cowboys.


Treasurer, Christopher Signil: 

Attorney Christopher Signil is an aggressive advocate who prioritizes protecting the interests of his clients and fighting for justice. Attorney Signil has spent nearly all his life in public service, community outreach and ministry. He remains committed to finding the best possible outcomes for his clients. His unique blend of technical proficiency and tenacity, helps guide his clients through the often complicated and convoluted legal process. Attorney Signil is also a minister, who finds joy in bringing healing, hope and encouragement to others. In his spare time Christopher enjoys riding his motorcycle, writing books, traveling, and going to sports events.


Chair, Coach Richard Drayton:

Coach Drayton is married to Robyn Drayton, and they have two children Rae and Rich III and a beautiful granddaughter Peyton. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Coach Drayton graduated from Central High School. After playing football and running track at Central he did the same at Temple University. At Temple, he earned a degree in Business Administration. Upon leaving Temple, he caught the coaching bug. A friend of his, Dominic Damico invited him to help with the receivers at Cardinal Dougherty and he has been coaching ever since. Coach Drayton returned to school to obtain a certification in Education. At Eastern and Lincoln University, he received certifications in Early Childhood Education, Middle School Math and Health and Physical Education. During that time, he also became a certified Personal Trainer which proved to be useful while coaching football, basketball, and track. Some of his coaching stops were North Penn High School (football), Wissahickon High School (football), and Cheltenham High School (football and girls track). He’s coached girls’ and boys’ basketball at the middle schools and served as a teacher. Currently, Coach Drayton is the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Central High School.


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