Tobias Harris receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October
NEW YORK –Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente for the month of October in recognition of his efforts to improve literacy and education outcomes, a announced today the NBA. Each month of the regular season, the award recognizes a player who best demonstrates the passion shared by the league and NBA players for giving back to their communities.
As part of his Tobias Lit Labs campaign, an initiative that brings diverse books and authors to schools and families launched in 2019, Harris partnered with Read by 4th to host a Book Block Party on October 17 in North Philadelphia. The free festival highlighted the importance of developing literacy habits at home, brought thousands of various books to young people and families in the community, and put them in touch with local literacy resources. As part of the festival, Harris invited special guest and award-winning author Kelly Starling Lyons and provided thousands of copies of her book, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, to participants free of charge. Freelon is originally from Philadelphia and was the architect of the iconic National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC
“The Tobias Lit Labs campaign is great because it helps kids get excited about reading and builds vocabulary and knowledge,” said Harris. “I love books and it is a blessing to share this passion and help children access books from a variety of backgrounds.
Harris’s support for equity in education extends beyond Philadelphia to his hometown of Long Island, Orlando, Haiti and South Africa. Through the Tobias Harris Charitable Fund, he has donated over $ 2 million in addition to donating school supplies and supporting the professional development of educators and students, ensuring everyone has the tools they need to learn every day. Harris also sits on the board of directors of the NBA Foundation, which was created by the 30 NBA teams to invest in local and national organizations that promote school-to-career and workforce development opportunities. work for black youth.
Harris will receive the award tomorrow before the 76ers home game against the Golden State Warriors (8:30 p.m. ET on ABC) from 76ers managing partner Josh Harris. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will donate $ 10,000 on Harris’ behalf to the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc., the 501 (c) (3) branch of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., which provides grants for community projects, scholarships, after-school programs and more.
The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente honors the standard set by NBA legend David Robinson, who has improved the community piece by piece. To learn more, please visit https://communityassist.nba.com/.