Sixers Host Special Olympics Athletes at Game on March 29 For Special Olympics Pennsylvania Night
MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE TO ADDRESS CROWD PRIOR TO TIP OFF; CARTER-WILLIAMS SERVES AS TEAM SPOKESPERSON FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS PENNSYLVANIA PARTNERSHIP
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – MARCH 29, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for Special Olympics Pennsylvania Night, to take place when they host the Detroit Pistons tonight, Saturday, March 29 at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. The team announced Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) as a SIXERS STRONG community partner in December 2013.
Prior to tip-off, Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams – who serves as the team spokesperson for the partnership with SOPA – and a Special Olympics athlete will address the crowd. All SOPA athletes in attendance will also participate in high-five tunnels during pregame and can get their picture taken at center court following the game.
At halftime, two teams of Special Olympics athletes will take to the court to play a game held in honor of Christian Massey, a SOPA athlete who was murdered for his headphones in November.
To date, Philadelphia 76ers players, coaches and staff have donated 3,209 hours of service back into the Philadelphia community through SIXERS STRONG. The team has also given $112,236 to 37 charities in the area through the SIXERS STRONG 50/50 raffle, which takes place at every home game. All SIXERS STRONG efforts are focused exclusively on improving the life trajectory of children in the Delaware Valley.