Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris Recognized by National Wrestling Hall of Fame
This past weekend, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (NWHOF) recognized Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris during Honors Weekend with the 2013 Outstanding American Award. According to the NWHOF, the award demonstrates wrestling's pride in those who have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life, such as science and technology, business and industry, government and the military, and the arts and humanities.
Harris is 48th recipient of the Outstanding American Award, joining previous honorees that include the likes of former United States Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, as well as actors Kirk Douglas and Billy Baldwin.
"I was very excited (to be recognized) because I know what a commitment it takes to reach the level that these great wrestlers have reached in terms of being champions," Harris said during an interview prior to the NWHOF ceremony. "I know how hard it is and the level of commitment it takes, so I was excited to be included in that group."
Harris started wrestling at the Bethesda Boys Club in Washington, D.C., where he competed in the Beltway League while in high school. He wrestled at 118 pounds for the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and 1983, graduating with honors with a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business. He earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
In addition to his role as Managing Owner of the Sixers, Harris is a co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Apollo Management, L.P., a leading global alternative investment manager.