Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his dedicated efforts to tackle housing insecurity in Greater Philadelphia, the NBA announced today ( www.NBA.com). Each month, the award recognizes a player who best reflects the passion the league and NBA players share to give back to their communities.
While Embiid has long focused on addressing disparities in its local community and on the lives of young people and families, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the glaring inequalities present. In March, after being named the 2021 NBA starter for the fourth year in a row, Embiid continued his efforts to tackle homelessness in Philadelphia with a $ 100,000 contribution to three Philadelphia-based organizations: Youth Services Inc., Project HOME and Sunday Breakfast Mission. . The donation provided 15,000 meals to people in need, 4,000 essential clothing items, medical care for 1,000 people living in housing insecurity, access to a six-week summer camp for 50 homeless youth. shelter and shelter for over 300 adolescents facing housing insecurity. Embiid extended its support to members of the local community by helping five families who had been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, providing them each with gifts and clothing, groceries and rent assistance for the ‘next year.
Much of Embiid’s community efforts over the past year have focused on relief from COVID-19. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Embiid joined 76ers management partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer to donate $ 1.3 million to Penn Medicine to develop antibody tests for healthcare workers frontline. As part of his continued support for healthcare workers, he pledged $ 500,000 through the #FirstRespondersFirst campaign, an initiative of the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Thrive Global and the CAA Foundation, to provide from PPE to frontline workers.
“I am honored to be recognized as the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award,” said Embiid. “It has always been extremely important for me to use the platform given to me to create positive change. Housing insecurity and homelessness affect so many people in our communities, and we need to come together, more than ever, to support each other. I am proud to support organizations like Covenant House Pennsylvania who work every day to provide essential resources and services. “
Embiid received the award in a special virtual ceremony with league officials, Kaiser Permanente and 76ers on Friday, and will also be recognized in the team’s home game tonight against the Golden State Warriors (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). , Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $ 10,000 on behalf of Embiid to Covenant House Pennsylvania.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award, presented by Kaiser Permanente, rewards each month an NBA player who best reflects the passion the league and its players share to give back to their communities. It honors the standard set by NBA legend David Robinson, who has improved the community piece by piece. At the end of the 2020-2021 regular season, the winner of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award will be announced. For more information, please visit www.CommunityAssist.nba.com/.
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