Sixers, Meek Mill Partner to Help Mentor Local Youth
The 76ers have compiled a long, strong track record of using their stature in the Delaware Valley to positively impact the region. On Friday, the franchise partnered with rapper and homegrown fan Meek Mill in an effort to further its commitment to the community. The Sixers and Mill, the 28-year old Philadelphia-born performer who has recorded several top five Billboard hits, invited a group of 30 children to the team’s training facility at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where a seminar was held in recognition of National Mentoring Month.
The 10 to 16-year olds in attendance had the chance take part in a question and answer session with Mill, during which he discussed his life, influences, the importance of mentorship, and his favorite memories of rooting for the Sixers.
“It feels good. It’s actually a dream of mine, giving back to the ones that look up to us,” he told a captive audience. He later added, “I got the opportunity to change peoples’ lives. Why not do it?”
The artist behind “All Eyes on You” realizes that public figures like musicians and professional athletes carry important leadership obligations, especially in respect to youth.
“The way they look up to basketball players and rappers, sometimes we need to show our face and not just entertain them on TV, and give them our real side, the real person we are,” Mill said. “It definitely feels good to be in a position to give back. We’re extremely blessed. We’re blessed to be living, and blessed to be in a situation where you’re a celebrity. I always love to give back.”
After his talk with area youth, some of which belonged to the organization "Shoot Basketballs Not People," Mill headed down to the PCOM practice court, where he and his guests spent some time on the floor putting up shots, and hanging out with Sixers mascot Franklin, the Phlight Squad, and players Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.
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