Sixers Name Ryan Palmer First-Ever Recipient of "Heroes Among Us" Award

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – AUGUST 26, 2013 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA employee Ryan Palmer is the team’s first-ever Sixers “Heroes Among Us” award recipient. Palmer will be formally announced as the honoree in a press conference with Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil and Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA President & CEO John Flynn tomorrow, August 27 at the Christian Street YMCA (1724 Christian St., Philadelphia PA) gym at 11:00 a.m.

The award was introduced today as a part of SIXERS STRONG, the team’s new wide-ranging community outreach program for the 2013-14 season and beyond, which will exclusively focus the Sixers’ charitable efforts on improving the life trajectory of children throughout the Philadelphia region.

The Sixers “Heroes Among Us” award will be given out at every Sixers home game to Philadelphia-area children and adults who positively impact kids in the community. Each recipient of the award will receive half of the proceeds from the Sixers’ 50/50 raffle to donate to the charity of their choice (recognizable 501 (c) 3), which will also take place at every home game. This award is given in the spirit of Alex Scott, who founded Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise funds and awareness to end childhood cancer.

Palmer became a volunteer at the Columbia North YMCA in 2009 and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2010 when he was only 15-years-old. He then went on to become an employee of the YMCA in 2011, first working as a camp counselor and now as a School Age Child Care (SACC) counselor. Palmer is from North Philadelphia, and graduated from Roman Catholic High School in May 2013. He will attend the Community College of Philadelphia in the fall. 

Palmer will be honored at the Sixers home opener when the team hosts the Miami Heat on Wednesday, October 30 at the Wells Fargo Center at 7:00 p.m. 




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.”