Updated: 10:42 p.m.
The “Philly Pledge” picked up steam over the weekend.
Plenty of prominent Philadelphia athletes have joined the initiative, which was launched on Friday by Ben Simmons to encourage donations to Philabundance and the PHL COVID-19 Fund to support coronavirus relief efforts.
Philabundance is a hunger relief organization, while the mission of the PHL COVID-19 Fund is to “help our nonprofit community navigate near-and longer-term challenges from COVID-19 and ensure that critical resources remain available for those in our community who need it most.”
Claude Giroux, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and Tobias Harris are among the athletes who have joined.
Simmons thanked those who have joined him in a video Monday night.
“It’s amazing to see everyone come together as a community and support each other," he said. "I love this city and I’m proud to call Philadelphia my home. Together we can overcome this.”
Sixers managing partner Josh Harris, co-managing partner David Blitzer and the Sixers Youth Foundation have also made a “significant six-figure donation to Philabundance,” according to a Philabundance press release Monday.
“The donation will be used to provide 20,000 boxes of food that will feed 160,000 people across the Philadelphia region during this critical time of need,” per the release.
Harris and Blitzer have also funded the purchase of 10,000 Google Chromebooks for Philadelphia students, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia announced in a press release.
Thank you to the @sixers! The organization is stepping up with major donations to:— Jim #StayHomePHL Kenney (@PhillyMayor) March 30, 2020
➡️ @Philabundance to provide 20,000 boxes of food—which will feed 160,000 people.
➡️ @PHLschools to purchase 10,000 Chromebooks for our students.#ThankYouPhilly pic.twitter.com/58kh2Jygin
Simmons’ teammate Joel Embiid is donating $500,000 to coronavirus medical relief efforts.
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