Monkey on a Mission
The Monkey’s Uncle opened in 2010, motivated by our son who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. We knew they would need the flexibility for doctor visits and therapy appointments, so we combined our love of sports and all things throwback to launch our small business dream.
While we may be the go-to shopping destination for sports fans looking for awesome throwback Philly sports gear, our core mission is to provide mentorship and job skills to special needs students of all abilities. Through partnerships with local school districts and support programs, the “Monkey on a Mission” gives our students the valuable skills, experience, purpose, and a sense of pride in knowing that we are all equally as awesome.
In addition to learning retail skills like inventory management and customer service, we've also begun teaching our students graphic design, printing, and production of their own artwork! Each month we feature a new student's artwork which they have learned how to convert into tee shirts, mugs, and tote bags that are available for the public to order, with the students earning a royalty for their work!
We also carry a line of items that are either made by or benefit individuals with special needs, or have a portion of all sales donated back to local nonprofits - truly merch on a mission :)