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Inspiring Olympians Put On Impressive Display


As Andre Iguodala and Team USA continue their pursuit of gold across the pond, an inspiring group of Olympians continue to impress here at home.

On Monday morning, the Sixers Summer Hoops Tour, now in its 17th year, hosted approximately 40 athletes from Pennsylvania Special Olympic programs. 

After receiving a brief preview of the day’s events from team ambassador, and former NBA All-Star, World B. Free, the athletes were led through a pre-game stretch by Sixers head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson. Once everybody was loose and ready to play, rookie forward Maurice Harkless took over, to the delight of the Olympians. 

The athletes were split into four rotating circuits- dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense- with Free, Harkless, and the Hoops Tour coaching staff providing guidance and teaching proper technique.

After practice, the athletes were given the chance to meet an affable Harkless, who happily signed autographs and posed for photographs. One athlete even offered the 19-year-old rookie a bit of advice.

“I’m so happy to meet you,” said the excited young man before leaning in and continuing in a more serious tone. “...Now go out there and dunk on somebody.”

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Posted: 2:35 PM, August 6, 2012