Ben Simmons Launches The Philly Pledge
Yesterday, Ben Simmons announced a new website The Philly Pledge to lend support to nonprofit organizations who are doing amazing work in Philadelphia to help our less fortunate during the COVID-19 national emergency.
As a city, we always band together. And no matter how far away we move in this world, Philadelphia is always home. Through thick and thin, wins and losses, championships or bust, we always come together in a time of need and leave no one behind.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny recognized Ben Simmons efforts during a city update on the virus yesterday:
“It is important & inspiring to see our city come together, and for celebrities such as Ben to use their platforms to spread messages of unity and generosity toward each other”
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 27, 2020
Other notable Philadelphia sports athletes have also showed their support:
We are in this TOGETHER, Philly🙏🏼
Make the pledge today for OUR City to help the less fortunate. Use @ThePhillyPledge to find local nonprofits helping The Greater Phildelphia area to help fight against the COVID-19 virus. #ThePhillyPledge pic.twitter.com/fDQwvhZOBg
— Rhys Hoskins (@rhyshoskins) March 28, 2020
Our Community is strong! Philly, let’s band together and help our less fortunate. Use @ThePhillyPledge to find local nonprofits to help the fight against COVID-19. It’s our time to come together #ThePhillyPledge #TheClaudeGirouxFoundation pic.twitter.com/rMbhQ1d2si
— Claude Giroux (@28CGiroux) March 28, 2020
“Philly! You don’t have to stand on the sidelines, use @ThePhillyPledge to find local nonprofit organizations who are doing amazing work in Philadelphia to help our less fortunate. We ARE the City of Brotherly Love. #ThePhillyPledge” pic.twitter.com/fZ2Qu7arIQ
— Jalen Mills (@greengoblin) March 28, 2020
Our Community is TOUGH! Philly, let’s band together and help those in need! Use @ThePhillyPledge to find local nonprofits to help the fight against COVID-19. It’s our time to come together #ThePhillyPledge @ErtzFoundation pic.twitter.com/fnGXP5ZRSY
— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) March 28, 2020
The website currently highlights two great ways to get involved:
The first, Philabundance, is one of the city’s oldest mobile food banks that helps provide nutritious meals to the 300,000 Philly residents at risk of going hungry (note: based on their stats that 1 in 5 Philly residents face hunger).
The second, PHL COVID-19, has been set up as a direct response to help the nonprofit sector continue to do what they do best – assist at risk community groups such as the elderly, disabled, homeless and economically disadvantaged through a range of essential social services.
THANK YOU. It’s great to see professional athletes stand behind their city in a time of need. Please help spread the word.