The 2019-20 Philadelphia 76ers season may be nearing its open, but it is not the only season that is now upon us. On Oct. 3, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund helped ring in the new academic year by celebrating the 4th Annual FAFSA Challenge Kickoff.Â In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, The Fund continued to honor its namesakeâ€™s commitment to the education of local youth by assisting to educate high school seniors and their families on how post-secondary education and career opportunities can be funded through financial aid.
â€œWilt Chamberlainâ€™s charitable legacy off the court may be lesser-known,â€ said Philadelphia 76ers and Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment Executive Vice President of Foundations/Social Responsibility Amy Hever. â€œBut he believed in two things; great things come to those who work and always helping and supporting others.â€
Throughout the night, students were able to complete their FSA ID registration and FAFSA applications with the assistance of on-site trained FAFSA coaches. They also had the opportunity to be entertained by the 76ers Dunk Squad, who performed one of their signature high-energy routines.
â€œOur role here today is to help these students with the FAFSA and FSA ID,â€ Hever said. â€œWeâ€™ve partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to help support and incentivize that journey.â€
The Fundâ€™s support of the 4th Annual FAFSA Challenge Kickoff is just a small part of its year-round commitment to making a difference in the lives of youth and young adults and helping them create their own legacy.
Back in May, The Fund sponsored the 5th Annual Reach Higher Philly College Signing Day. It was here, that The Fund assisted the School District of Philadelphia to announce the winners of the 2019 FAFSA Challenge.
This academic year, The Fund will add another five students to its illustrious pipeline of scholars. Each of the five students will be awarded scholarships valued at up to $20,000.
The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors with financial need, who are furthering their studies the following fall semester at a four-year college or university, a two-year community college, or a vocational school.
To learn more about the program, click here.