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Carter-Williams giving back through SOPA

Posted: December 18, 2013
by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams has turned heads with his play on the court this season. Now, he’s receiving attention for his efforts off the court.

The 22-year-old point guard was a guest on CNN’s New Day Wednesday morning to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers’ new partnership with Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) through their community outreach program, SIXERS STRONG. Carter-Williams will serve as the team’s spokesperson for the partnership.

“It’s really special to me, and it has been since I was young,” he told CNN. “It’s great to see how much passion the people who are in the Special Olympics have. They love the game and have passion for it just as much as we do.”

Wednesday afternoon, Carter-Williams will host a shopping spree for 10 Special Olympics competitors and their families. The athletes will also receive tickets to the Sixers’ upcoming home game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday evening. 

“To be involved, it’s just something I want to do and something I’m proud of,” said Carter-Williams.

Wednesday’s shopping spree is one of several events that make up the SIXERS STRONG Season of Giving, which began Saturday with a Toy Drive at Wells Fargo Center and ends Friday with an all-access, VIP experience for a local foster child at Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. 

Want to show your support for the cause? SIXERS STRONG T-shirts are on sale online at SixersShop.com, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the SIXERS STRONG Foundation.