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Every year, Special Olympics Pennsylvania offers its friends the chance to watch the Philadelphia 76ers game at the Wells Fargo Center and help spread awareness about its organization at the same time enjoy discounted ticket prices (a portion of proceeds go to Special Olympics Pennsylvania), take in a thrilling game and do something positive for your community. During the 76ers Awareness Night, the 76ers invite Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes the chance to play ball on their court.
The 3rd Annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Night with the 76ers was a huge success. Nearly 500 athletes, coaches, supporters, volunteers and families came to the Wells Fargo Center for an evening of memorable experiences on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
In addition to watching the Sixers vs. Nets game, the event honored Philadelphia athlete Benjamin Liken with the “Hero Among Us Award,” offered an exhibition game between the Philadelphia Phlames (2014 Div. 4 National Games Champions) and the Tri-County All Stars (Team of athletes from Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), and held a post game meet and greet/autograph session with WNBA star Elaina Delle Donne and current Sixers Point Guard Isaiah Canaan.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes also had the opportunity to shoot lay ups, free throws and three pointers on the Wells Fargo Center hardwood court for 45-minutes postgame. The evening raised money for the movement via a 50-50 raffle that was held at every Sixers home game, plus $3 per ticket sold (using a special promo code) coming back to the organization.