27 Mar Coach Brown Joined Sixers Inaugural ‘Bounce Out the Stigma’ Autism Awareness Clinic
On Saturday, March 18, the Philadelphia 76ers partnered with Temple University to host the Sixers “Bounce Out the Stigma” Autism Awareness Clinic featuring Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown and youth coach “Mighty Mike” Simmel.
The three-hour clinic engaged more than 30 children with an autism spectrum disorder in passing, shooting and dribbling drills. The participants were joined by the Sixers Dunk Squad presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, and a host of over 30 volunteers from the Sixers, Temple University, and local special education providers.
Our goal was to engage the young participants in the sport of basketball while also empowering them and boosting their self-confidence. To witness the power of sport, particularly our sport of basketball being used to teach teamwork and dedication was a memorable experience for the children, their siblings, parents, caregivers, and volunteers.
Every child walked away with a Sixers swag bag containing a basketball, t-shirt, water bottle, notebook, as well as Temple sunglasses. While our volunteer efforts have always focused on helping Philadelphia’s youth reach their full potential, this clinic is part of an ongoing effort to make community activities more welcoming and inclusive for children with disabilities and their families. Video footage from this clinic will be aired on April 4 during our Autism Awareness night.
We believe in SIXERS STRONG: Strong youth and strong communities with promising futures.