Philadelphia, January 25, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter presented 223 Philadelphia students with two tickets each as part of the Mayor’s Very Impressive Performers (VIPs) Program, which provides tickets to sporting and entertainment events to students to inspire their success in school.


For this quarter, the Mayor’s VIPs program awarded tickets to sophomores from District, charter, private and Archdiocese schools who were selected as “most improved” by their school.  Across the City, 78 schools participated in the VIPs program.


“Success in life starts with success in the classroom.  Each of the students being recognized today has shown a deep commitment to improving both themselves and their school work,” said Mayor Nutter.  “The goal of the Mayor’s VIPs program is to celebrate the educational and personal achievements of our young people.  I am proud of this group of students and look forward to their continued success.”


For the second year, St. Joseph’s University donated tickets to the Mayor’s VIPs; including 200 totals tickets to the St. Joseph’s University vs. Fordham University and the St. Joseph’s University vs. University of Rhode Island men’s basketball game.  Tickets for the Philadelphia 76ers to the Mayor’s Box, Philadelphia Zoo, Camden Adventure Aquarium and the Philadelphia Wings have been provided by the City of Philadelphia.


For the 2012-2013 school year, 1,298 tickets have been distributed. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 6,848 tickets have been distributed to students.


This school quarter’s Mayor’s VIPs Ceremony was hosted by the University of the Arts.

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