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Sixers and PECO Present "Go Green" Events as Part of SIXERS STRONG Green Week

SIXERS PLAYERS, STAFF AND PECO EMPLOYEES TO REFURBISH AREA OF FAIRMOUNT PARK TODAY; 

EVENT TIPS OFF WITH CEREMONIAL TREE PLANTING AT NOON

PECO TO PRESENT ‘GO GREEN NIGHT’ AT SIXERS HOME GAME ON SATURDAY, APRIL 5 VS. BROOKLYN; 

FIRST 5,000 FANS IN ATTENDANCE RECEIVE ECO-FRIENDLY TOTE BAG, COURTESY OF PECO

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – APRIL 1, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for SIXERS STRONG Green Week, which includes two events presented by PECO on Tuesday, April 1 and Saturday, April 5.

On Tuesday, April 1 from noon to 1:00 p.m., Philadelphia 76ers players Thaddeus Young, James Anderson, Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson will join employees from both the Sixers and PECO to help plant trees, flowers and shrubs in the Lemon Hill area of Fairmount Park (on Sedgely Road near the intersection of Sedgely Road and Kelly Drive, Philadelphia, PA). Representatives from the Sixers and PECO will address the employee volunteers and players at approximately noon before ceremonially planting a tree and beginning the day’s refurbishment project.

Tuesday’s event is a part of the team’s “Threes for Trees” program, presented by PECO. For every three-point shot made by the Sixers at home games, PECO will donate one tree seedling to be planted in the Philadelphia region.

When the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., the team will celebrate “Go Green Night,” presented by PECO. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive an eco-friendly tote bag, courtesy of PECO. Throughout the game, the team will show vignettes featuring planting tips and ways to make homes more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

SIXERS STRONG, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia 76ers, focuses all efforts exclusively on improving the life trajectory of children in the Delaware Valley through six pillars, including creating a better world for our youth by taking care of the environment. To date, Philadelphia 76ers players, coaches and staff have donated 3,209 hours of service back into the Philadelphia community through SIXERS STRONG. The team has also given $115,702 to 38 charities in the area through the SIXERS STRONG 50/50 raffle, which takes place at every home game.

SIXERS STRONG Green Week is being held in conjunction with NBA Green Week, which takes place April 3 through 10. During all home and away games held during NBA Green Week, Sixers players will wear 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts and 45 percent organic cotton headbands from adidas, which feature the NBA Green logo. All Sixers coaches will also wear NBA Green pins during NBA Green Week games.

Tickets are available for Saturday’s game and all other Sixers home games online at SIXERS.COM, by phone at 215-339-7676 or in person at the Wells Fargo Center box office.

ABOUT PECO: 

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and 497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region.  PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013.  Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.

ABOUT SIXERS STRONG:

SIXERS STRONG is the charitable arm of the Philadelphia 76ers, which focuses community efforts exclusively on improving the life trajectory of children in the Delaware Valley. Founded on six pillars designed to build children up to have a brighter future – physical, educational, emotional, nutritional, charitable and environmental – SIXERS STRONG will drive funds and resources back into the community year-round, striving to create a better world for the next generation. “Strong Kids. Strong Community.”