Sixers Youth Foundation, City of Camden Unveil Court

by Lauren Rosen

Members of the 76ers community gathered Wednesday as the Sixers Youth Foundation hosted a clinic and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the City of Camden.

Students and families at the Cooper’s Poynt Family School joined 76ers President Chris Heck, Executive Director of Social Responsibility Amy Hever, Camden City School District Chief Operating Officer Omone Pela-Emore, The Trust for Public Land Senior Vice President of Field Programs Jeff Danter and Cooper’s Poynt Family School Principal Janine Casella for the event.

Marial Shayok and Christ Koumajde also joined in on the fun, talking to and playing with Cooper’s Poynt students. 

“It’s an honor to be out here, to be an example for these kids,” Shayok said. “I know when I was younger, seeing the guys that were professional… just motivated me to keep working hard.”

The centerpiece of the festivities is a newly-renovated basketball court at the school, where students participated in a free clinic following the ribbon-cutting.

The court is part of a three-phase project to revitalize the entire schoolyard Cooper’s Poynt, and is the first collaboration between the Sixers Youth Foundation and The Trust for Public Land.

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