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Wilmington and 87ers Partner for the Good of the Community

Post Date:08/04/2017 1:50 PM

The City of Wilmington’s ongoing community partnership with the Delaware 87ers basketball team will continue Monday at 10 a.m. when a dozen staff from the 87ers join with City Parks and Recreation for a City park clean-up project. The City and team representatives will replace the ground cover under playground equipment at the Holloway/ Compton Park, located at the corner of 7th and Lombard Streets. The ground cover helps to cushion children should they jump or fall hard off the playground equipment.

Mayor Mike Purzycki and the 87ers recently announced the new partnership as a way for the basketball organization and the City to work jointly on projects to improve the lives of young people in Wilmington and to improve neighborhoods.

Last month, the 87ers and the City launched the partnership with the team providing scholarships so local youth could attend the 87ers Neighborhood Hoops program, a weekly, two-hour instructional basketball program hosted held at the PAL Center on Market Street. There are three youth summer leagues involved in the Hoops program—the Silk League, the Duffy League and the Crozier League. Every youth who participates receives a specially-designed 87ers and City t-shirt.

Mayor Purzycki today also thanked the 87ers for helping city youths appreciate the importance of reading. The team by involved young people in the Read87 program which distributed over 1,500 books to students throughout the City when players from the 87ers visited classrooms during the past school year.

The ‘Sevens,’ which is the team’s nickname, is one of 26 teams in the G League of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and is an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. The team is headquartered on Martin Luther King Boulevard in the Wilmington. The Sevens play their home games at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware in Newark.

For more information about this news release, contact:

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Office of Mayor Michael S. Purzycki
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

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