Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has committed to donate his $100,000 winnings from the All-Star Game to three homeless shelters in the Philadelphia area.
Embiid will provide meals, clothing, COVID-19 treatment, health care, summer camp and essential care for teens.
“So many have fallen on such hard times during the pandemic,” said Embiid. “I felt it was important to provide more support for individuals and families struggling with homelessness and food insecurity. I’m continually grateful for all of the support that Philadelphia and the fans have given me not just around All-Star but all my years in the league. I will continue to help in any way I can.”
Embiid, who is playing for Team Durant in his fourth All-Star appearance, will donate to Project HOME, Sunday Breakfast Mission and Youth Service INC.
The list of Embiid’s commitments:
- 15,000 meals for homeless and underserved individuals
- 4,000 essential clothing items donated to homeless teens and adults
- Care and treatment of 1,000 homeless individuals receiving COVID-19 vaccines
- Support for 30+ formerly homeless families – including education, health care, and employment services
- Funding for a six-week summer camp for 50+ homeless and at-risk youth
- Shelter and essential needs for over 300 teens facing homelessness or home insecurity
Embiid, 26, is currently in the middle of a career-best season, averaging 30.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 52.1 percent from the field.
Embiid has a total of 905 points, 348 rebounds and 41 blocks in the first half of the season, joining Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo as the only three players to do so.