19 Jan Covington, Okafor Host Discussion on Community Safety
On January 17, the Philadelphia 76ers, in partnership with Unity in the Community and Universal Charter schools, hosted a closed-door conversation with a group of young people from schools in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
Sixers’ Center Jahlil Okafor and Forward Robert Covington helped convene the powerful discussion, which provided an opportunity to hear from young people about challenges they face, including bullying, community violence, and community policing.
In celebration of National Mentoring Month, the dialogue allowed for everyone to come together and identify ways they could improve and strengthen their communities moving forward.
Facilitating the conversation were the Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD chaplain and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Brian Peterson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Cultural Center. Also joining the conversation and representing Unity in the Community was Anton Moore.
Following the conversation, the participants enjoyed a meal together.
The dialogue was part of the Leadership Together platform, which is an initiative the NBA and the NBPA are working on together with teams and players to develop programs that deliver measurable, solution-oriented efforts to build stronger, safer communities across the country.