Josh Harris Steps Up Support in Northeast Corridor
Kids and adults alike agree that the ASAS-Harris Family Charitable Foundation (HFCF) partnership celebration at Russell H. Conwell Middle School in Philadelphia was a true slam-dunk. The special afternoon commemorated the opening of the school’s ASAS program, made possible with a $750,000 grant, 3-year partnership with the HFCF, enabling ASAS to expand throughout the northeast corridor. ASAS opened new schools in Newark in 2016; Conwell is the latest school to receive expanded programming, with over 90 youth participating and with a growing waitlist to join the program. ASAS and HFCF will expand programming to Camden in Fall 2017.
76ers announcer Mark Zumoff opened the program. Josh Harris, managing owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, and wife, Marjorie Harris, addressed the crowd, as did Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Williams (an alum of Conwell), ASAS CEO Ben Paul, ASAS Philadelphia Executive Director Reynelle Staley, Conwell Middle School Principal Erica Green and 8th grader, Elianna. The speakers shared diverse perspectives the critical effect that ASAS has on kids, families and entire school communities.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Dunk Squad dazzled attendees with a special performance, while DJ Ghost set the mood with fun beats. Students then got their heart-rate up by participating in high-energy, fast-paced basketball and dance clinics, taught by the 76ers coaching staff and dance squad. Kids and attending parents enjoyed dinner before heading home.
Our thanks to the Harris Family Charitable Foundation and the 76ers, who enable us to provide world-class programs every day!