13 Oct Economy League of Greater Philadelphia Visits the Sixers Training Complex
On October 12, 38 area leaders from the 2017 Leadership Exchange had an opportunity to learn more about the Sixers move to Camden, and their commitment to serving and engaging their community.
As part of its Camden Regional Exploration, the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange visited the Sixers business office on Thursday. The area leaders in attendance had the opportunity to hear from Chief Operating Officer Lara Price, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Carlos Montoya, and Executive Director of Community Engagement, Amy Hever.
Hever explained that the organization’s investment of time, talent and resources is felt in both Camden and Philadelphia through the organization’s community relations department, the Sixers Youth Foundation, and the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund. Hever noted that all three are meant to circle around the same mission of how the organization can use the sport of basketball to change the lives of area youth.
The organization accomplishes this mission both on and off the court. On the court, the Sixers Youth Foundation renovates basketball courts in both cities. In September, the Sixers Youth Foundation, in conjunction with the Harris Family Foundation, renovated the court for a new PAL Center in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia.
Off the court, area middle school-aged students are reached through in-school and after-school programs such as Coaching Café, Math Hoops, and SCORE. Through the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund, area high school students have access to potential renewable scholarships for two-year, four-year, or community colleges and universities.
Among those in attendance for the Greater Philadelphia Leadership Exchange were a few of the Sixers community partners including Hillary Kane of PHENND, Nyeema Watson and Loree Jones of Rutgers Camden University, and Suzanne Ghee of Virtua.
This event exposes attendees to innovative social practices in other areas while strengthening relationships among the region’s top business, nonprofit, and government executives. It is hosted bi-yearly in Philadelphia by the Economy League, which is a civic catalyst that brings together cross-sector leaders and organizations to address the most challenging issues facing Greater Philadelphia.
Strong Youth. Strong Communities. Promising Futures. SIXERS STRONG.