Sixers Community Programs
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The Sixers Community Assist program will donate tickets to non-profit organizations for every home game during the regular season. Groups may request anywhere from 15-30 tickets for one game per season to enjoy the fun and excitement of Sixers basketball!
Summer Hoops Tour
The Summer Hoops Tour is led by Ambassador of Basketball World B. Free, the Sixers Flight Squad and members of the Sixers' staff who will make stops throughout the Delaware Valley, June through August. Hoops Tours are now being booked for this summer.
Drive 4 Kids
With the continued success of the Philadelphia 76ers and Comcast SportsNet's "Drive for Kids Program," the community initiative has grown to include five in-arena collection drives that are aimed to assist people in the Delaware Valley. The two entities hosted a food drive, toy drive, coat drive, book drive, and a hat drive throughout the basketball season.
Education is the key to success and the Philadelphia 76ers believe students deserve to be rewarded for their accomplishmenets. During the 2008-09 season, the Sixers introduced new and exciting educational programs designed for elementary, middle and high school students.
Fit for Fun
76ers Fit for Fun program is a fast paced, interactive school program, which encourages kids to live a healthier lifestyle by eating right and staying active. Kids will participate in various activities that will include basketball, dance, conditioning, aerobics, and more! The program has been developed for kids in grades 1st 9th grades.
During the holiday season, the entire 76ers family including players, coaches, front office personnel, and the in-game entertainment talent, participate in events and activities celebrating the holiday season. Events include, but are not limited to: Holiday Parties for children, Hospital Visits, and Food Distribution.
The Hometown Hero: In the Spirit of Alex Scott program awards people in the Delaware Valley that through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional, overwhelming, and lasting contributions to the community. Recipients participate in a special on-court award presentation by Sixers Ambassador of Basketball World B. Free and feature in a short video documenting their contributions to the community.
Sixers Neighborhood Basketball League
The Sixers Neighborhood Basketball League (SNBL) is a youth recreation league conducted by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. SNBL offers girls and boys an opportunity to participate in an organized basketball league at one of 20 Department of Recreation Facilities throughout Philadelphia.
La Liga del Barrio
La Liga del Barrio is Philadelphia's first Latino youth basketball league, offering Latino youth an opportunity to develop basketball skills and enjoy the game, while also promoting educational achievement. The league is open for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 and consists of 28 teams. Each player receives an official La Liga Del Barrio T-shirt, and selected participants have the opportunity to play on the 76ers home court prior to a game and scrimmage at halftime.
La Liga del Barrio is currently recruiting girls ages 6-17! Download the 2010-11 application here.
Read for Ronald
The 76ers Read for Ronald program encourages students to read while also offering an assist to families of critically ill children being treated at area hospitals. Elementary and middle school children collect pledges for each minute read during the month of February to help generate donations and support for The House.
Read To Achieve
The Sixers Read to Achieve program, sponsored by Pepsi is designed to help young people develop a lifelong love of reading. Read to Achieve promotes the value of reading and online literacy, as well as encouraging families and adults to read regularly with young people. Remove whole next paragraph.
Bill Godshalk Memorial Scholarship Fund
The 76ers established a scholarship fund in the memory of Bill Godshalk , a long-time fan and season ticket holder of the Sixers, who was lost in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation gives a $1,000 scholarship each year in Godshalk's name to a college bound graduate of Pennsbury High School.