The Philadelphia 76ers are contributing to the City of Brotherly Love during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time since the shutdown, NBA All-Star Ben Simmons addressed fans on Monday sharing how much he missed life in the city and how the Sixers will support the needs of the city.
Simmons and the Mayor of Philadelphia thanked the Sixers for the multi-million dollar donations to provide the medical and educational supplies, along with supporting aid and hunger relief.
The Sixers’ contributions provide gloves and sanitizer to local hospitals, 10,000 laptops for Philly students, and nearly 200k meals benefitting tens of thousands of families via the PHL COVID-19 Fund for coronavirus relief and Philabundance, an organization supporting hunger-relief. The Philly Pledge, launched by Simmons, encourages donations to the PHL COVID-19 Fund and Philabundance in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Continuing forward with the efforts to help cities impacted during the pandemic. Josh Harris and David Blitzer made a significant donation to New Jersey’s RWJBarnabas Health to secure funds for ventilators and surgical masks along with hand sanitizer, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies and eye protection for the 35,000-plus employees.
The six-figure contribution from the team will assist in the shift to e-learning by providing 10,000 laptops, nearly 200k meals for more than 150,000 families and gloves and sanitizer to local hospitals via the PHL COVID-19 Fund and Philabundance.