PHILADELPHIA 76ERS PLAYERS, COACHES AND LEGENDARY ALUMNI TO WALKED THE BLUE CARPET AT THE SECOND ANNUAL SIXERS YOUTH FOUNDATION GALA.
Philadelphia 76ers players, coaches and legendary alumni walked the blue carpet on Tuesday, prior to the Sixers Youth Foundation Gala, presented by VIP Wireless. The event is the team’s biggest fundraising event of the year and will featured a performance by three-time American Music Award Winners and four-time Platinum recording artists Bell Biv DeVoe.
The Philadelphia 76ers second annual Sixers Youth Foundation Gala will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the 23rd Street Armory. Proceeds from the event will support the Sixers Youth Foundation nonprofit organization committed to bringing positive, meaningful change to the lives of youth in Philadelphia and Camden. The lounge-style, star-studded gala, “Evening on the Court,” was underwritten in part by Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partners and Gala Honorary Co-Chairs Josh Harris and his wife, Marjorie, and David Blitzer and his wife, Allison.
SIXERS TO HONOR NBA CHAMPION AND LEGEND BILLY CUNNINGHAM WITH SCULPTURE UNVEILING CEREMONY AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS TRAINING COMPLEX.
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PQRADIO1- Today the Philadelphia 76ers will host its second sculpture unveiling ceremony of the season in honor of 1966-67 Championship team alumnus Billy Cunningham. To tip-off the ceremony, CSN Philadelphia’s Sixers Broadcaster Marc Zumoff will welcome attendees and give brief opening remarks. Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil, President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo and Head Coach Brett Brown will honor Cunningham for his contributions to the Sixers organization and the game of basketball.
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, Cunningham was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 1965 NBA Draft. During his nine seasons with the Sixers, Cunningham averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists per game. Cunningham helped the Sixers to the 1966-67 NBA title, averaging 15 points and six rebounds per game across 15 postseason contests. A four-time NBA All-Star, the “Kangaroo Kid” was named First Team All-NBA three times in his career and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.
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Following his playing career, Cunningham served as head coach of the Sixers for eight seasons from 1977-85. He compiled a 454-196 record at the helm as his Philadelphia teams won no fewer than 50 games in any of his eight seasons. Cunningham oversaw the historic 1983 NBA Champion Sixers, who won 65 regular-season games before marching to 12 wins in 13 postseason games and sweeping the Lakers in the Finals.
The ceremony is a continuation of the Sixers campaign “Spirit of the Champion: Celebrating 50 Since ’66-’67,” a season-long celebration commemorating the 1966-67 NBA Championship team. Cunningham’s sculpture reveal, following Hal Greer’s ceremony in February, is the second of three sculpture unveilings to be held this season honoring 1966-67 legends. The remaining sculpture unveiling will honor Wilt Chamberlain, a teammate of Greer and Cunningham.