Philadelphia 76ers to Conduct Basketball Camp in Wilmington for Participants of the "Above the Rim" Basketball League

Posted on  07/16/2013 2:06 pm

Team players and staff from the Philadelphia 76ers pro basketball team will be in Wilmington tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17) to help celebrate the inaugural year of the “Above The Rim” community basketball league which is based in the Browntown/Hedgeville section of Wilmington. The 76ers will hold a basketball camp for the young student/community athletes who participate in the league on Wednesday afternoon at the PAL Center located at 3707 Market Street. The 76ers camp will be in session from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

6th District City Council Member Sherry Dorsey Walker, with support from the Browntown Civic Association’s Kidz Klub and the 6th District Blueprint Community, was instrumental in starting the local basketball league.

“The 76ers read about the league and were very impressed with what the community and the young athletes have accomplished, so they contacted Peter Martin who is the Athletic Director for our league,” said Council Member Dorsey Walker. “We couldn’t be more proud of the fact that the pro athletes and staff of the 76ers reached out to us to show their support for what we are doing. This is a real tribute to the community and especially to the young people and their coaches who have made the league a great success.”

The “Above the Rim” League is open to young people between the ages of 9 to 18 who exhibit good behavior, good grades in school, and respect for their families. The athletes also perform at least one hour of community service each week. Games are staged throughout the year in a gym belonging to Parkway Academy (the former St. Hedwig’s School) located at 1009 Sycamore Street. Because the 76ers camp requires the use of multiple basketball courts, Wednesday’s camp will take place at the local PAL center.

Council Member Dorsey Walker today also paid tribute to her fellow Council Members for their support of the league including Council President Theo Gregory, Loretta Walsh (D-At Large), Maria Cabrera (D-At Large), Michael A. Brown, Sr. (R-At Large), Robert Williams (D-7th District), Nnamdi Chukwuocha (D-1st District) and Ernest “Trippi” Congo (D-2nd District). The Council Member said it has continued to grow in popularity among young people throughout the 6th District with an eye toward expanding the league to other areas of the City in the future.

Because of space limitations, Wednesday’s 76ers basketball camp is not open to the public but is being held to offer basketball skills and knowledge to the scores of male and females athletes who are registered with the “Above the Rim” league.