Brown Thinks Junior Sixers League is "Win-Win"

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

Think about this for a second.  What if, while playing sports growing up, your team had the support of one of your favorite hometown professional franchises?  Pretty cool idea, right?

Now, young hoop heads across the Delaware Valley will be able to enjoy that dynamic, thanks to a new initiative launched by the 76ers.

On Sunday, October 25th, at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, local kids took part in a clinic that marked the establishing of the Junior Sixers League.  The program, presented by NovaCare and run in conjunction with Philadelphia Freedom Valley and Greater Brandywine YMCA locations, marks the Sixers’ latest and largest commitment to youth engagement.

“I think it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Brett Brown.  The Sixers’ head coach helped host the seminar.  He is the father of three himself.  “You’re dealing with people that are now either playing or coaching at the highest level, and we all have stories to tell.  We all have experiences that have led us to this platform.  I love sharing all those types of things with young kids. And from the other side of it, the kids now have the opportunity to touch some of the local stars in the city, and I just think everybody wins out of it.

With music bumping in the background, roughly a hundred kids - ages eight to 12  - gathered on the Sixers’ practice court, and spent about an hour going through a variety of drills that focused on shooting, passing, and defense.  Players Nerlens Noel, Isaiah Canaan, JaKarr Sampson, and Richaun Holmes all served as guest instructors.

“It was really fun.  It was really cool,” said Jack McCoy, a nine-year old from Phoenixville, PA that attended the clinic.  “I liked the drills.  I like how you got the jersey and the t-shirt.  That was really cool.  I liked how you got to meet the players, that was really fun.”

McCoy said that with his YMCA league now having a direct connection to the Sixers, he feels as if he’s a part of the organization.  

“I think it’s a great experience.  I think it’s really inspiring, too.”

The Junior Sixers League is part of the Jr. NBA program, and will be open to local children ages three to 14.  In addition to supplying participating teams with reversible uniforms, the Sixers will be providing Junior Sixers clubs with coaching resources and equipment, as well as tickets to future Sixers’ games at The Center.  

To watch a video piece about the Junior Sixers, visit https://www.nba.com/sixers/video/teams/sixers/2015/11/02/1446481871129-j....

 

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