RELEASE: DELAWARE 87ERS AND CITY OF WILMINGTON INITIATE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

Official Release | July 19, 2017

DELAWARE 87ERS AND CITY OF WILMINGTON INITIATE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

WILMINGTON, DE – JULY 19, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers announced today that the team has entered into a multidimensional community based-partnership with the City of Wilmington.

“We have had a terrific relationship with the City of Wilmington throughout our first four seasons and we are extremely excited to strengthen that bond even further through this partnership,” said Sevens President Larry Meli. “We are looking forward to increased opportunities with the City to better the lives of our local youth using the power of basketball.”

As part of the partnership, the City of Wilmington has provided scholarships for local children to attend 87ers Neighborhood Hoops, the team’s weekly, two-hour instructional basketball program hosted by the Police Athletic League of Wilmington, which began June 28 and runs through Aug. 2. More information on 87ers Neighborhood Hoops can be found here: http://delaware.gleague.nba.com/4381-2/

“The 87ers have continually demonstrated the team’s commitment to Wilmington and to all of Delaware through its community-based programming,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki. “In Wilmington, we proudly display the 87ers logo because it means quality basketball enjoyment for the entire family and a deep concern for the well-being of our citizens, especially our young athletes.”

Program participants in three youth basketball leagues sponsored by the Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Department are receiving 87ers t-shirts this summer designed by Unique Image. The t-shirts depict the 87ers logo surrounded by City wordmarks to represent the new partnership.

In addition, the City of Wilmington and the Sevens will host a basketball clinic at Brown-Burton Winchester Park later this summer. More information on this event is forthcoming.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY – Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki will meet with Meli at the Sevens’ front office headquarters (300 Martin Luther King Blvd, Wilmington, DE) tomorrow, Thursday, July 20 at 12 noon to sign the partnership agreement. Media interested in this photo opportunity must RSVP to 87ers Director of Marketing & Communications Alex Yoh at alexyoh@sevens.com.

ABOUT THE DELAWARE 87ERS:

The Delaware 87ers of the NBA G League were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBA G League affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

ABOUT THE NBA G LEAGUE:

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.  Featuring 26 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2017-18 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  An all-time-high 44 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2016-17 season boasted NBA G League experience.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.  NBA G League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks and NBA TV.

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For the 87ers:

Alex Yoh, Director, Marketing & Communications

AlexYoh@sevens.com

302.351.5383

For the City of Wilmington:

John Rago

Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications

jrago@WilmingtonDE.gov

302.420.7928