Philadelphia, March 20, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter presented 300 Philadelphia students with tickets to Philadelphia 76ers basketball games as part of the Mayor’s Very Impressive Performers (VIPs) Program, which provides sporting and entertainment event tickets to students to inspire their success in school.
For this quarter, the Mayor’s VIPs program awarded tickets to 10th and 11th grade students from District, charter, private and Archdiocese schools who were deemed the “most involved” in their school and community by their school administrators. In total, more than 400 students qualified for VIPs most involved award. Of that, 300 students were selected through a random drawing. Across the City, 25 schools participated in the VIPs program for this quarter.
“A student who is involved in clubs, activities, service programs or sports is more likely to have good attendance, stay in school and graduate. Additionally, being involved in activities outside of the classroom helps students earn valuable skills, like time management, and develop a sense of responsibility and commitment to their communities,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to commend all of the Philadelphia students who get involved in their schools and communities – you are making a difference. I also want to thank the Wells Fargo Center and the Philadelphia 76ers for being a tremendous partner to the Mayor’s VIPs and supporting young people.”
Students will receive free admission to either the March 20th game against the NY Knicks or the March 27th game against the LA Clippers.
“Creating transformative change in our community is a lifestyle and the Philadelphia 76ers are honored to support the values displayed as part of Mayor Nutter’s VIPs Program,” said Scott O’Neil, Philadelphia 76ers Chief Executive Officer. “That these students have the power to change their schools, neighborhoods and world at such a young age is a gift, and we are proud to recognize their outstanding work at our upcoming games.”
This is the second VIPs event for the 2014-2015 school year. Since the VIPs program’s inception in 2008, 11,704 have been distributed to students.