The 32nd annual PAL Night at the Sixers took place on February 6, 2018 during the Washington Wizards vs. Sixers game at The Center. PAL and the 76ers have maintained a close relationship for more than 30 years, most recently supported by a record-setting $3.5-million development grant made by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Co-Founder Josh Harris via the Harris Family Charitable Foundation in 2015. The team and PAL believe together, through the power of sports, they can mold the next generation of leaders and innovators. The event was generously sponsored by the Philadelphia 76ers, Keller Williams Real Estate, Nasdaq, The Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of NECA, and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company.
The event, which featured a PAL Commissioner’s Club Reception, hosted dozens of friends of PAL, including Police Brass, donors, supporters, Board members, and PAL kids.
Prior to the start of the game, Paley PAL MVP Amber Sanders was honored on court as the Strong Kid of the Game. Sanders, a 6th grader, received the acknowledgement for her dedication and participation in PAL programs. She was greeted with a custom 76ers jersey from Sixers forward Robert Covington. Her friend from Paley PAL, Kush, served as a PAL representative in the Captain’s Huddle. Additionally, Paley PAL Officer Ernie Pollard – a PAL Center Director since 2000 – received the Game Changer Award from the 76ers in support of his many years of service to youth, and PAL Board member Gene Castellano received the New Era Tip of the Cap Award.
At halftime, PAL MVPs from Southwest PAL, who were being rewarded for their participation in last year’s Reading Program, took on a Media All-Star team during an exhibition game on the 76ers court. The game was a close one, with both members of the media and the PAL kids dazzling the crowd by hitting long-range three-point shots.
The enjoyable evening was capped with a 115-102 Sixers win over the Wizards. Special thanks to the Sixers and everyone who made this special night possible.