Tobias Harris Wins NBA Cares Community Assist Award
Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris was granted the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of October. The league gives this award to a player who they see has given back to their community in a significant way during that specific month. Harris’ community efforts were focused on battling education inequality, and providing quality school supplies to the young students in the Philadelphia area.
On the night before the season opener, Tobias Harris was at Mastery Prep Elementary School where he donated $1 million to organizations who aid in the education of the youth in the Philadelphia area. During the month of October, he hosted a block party in North Philadelphia to inspire the youth in the area to start and continue reading. This block party was part of both the Tobias Lit Tabs, and Tobias Top Teachers philanthropic campaigns. Their efforts provided thousands of books to families in the area.
Harris cites his love for books and reading as his inspiration for the Tobias Lit Tabs foundation. A primary focus of the organization is to expand home literacy. The 29-year-old has shown his commitment to his community on multiple occasions, not just in Philadelphia. His efforts have extended much passed this area, and has made significant donations in all the cities in which he has played. Harris also serves as part of the NBA Foundation board where he helps further the economic empowerment of the Black Community.
Along with the award, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente will be donating $10,000 on Harris’ behalf to the Alpha Psi Foundation. APF is another foundation that provides scholarships, and grants for community projects and much more. 76ers owner Josh Harris will be presenting this award to Harris before the Sixers face off against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.