Philadelphia pro sports teams observing Juneteenth

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s professional sports teams are recognizing Juneteenth in ways that focus on educating employees about racial and social justice issues.

The 76ers, Eagles and Phillies offices are closed on June 19 to observe the holiday. 

The Sixers organization and the rest of the properties run by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment say they will use the day to renew their commitment to encouraging a respectful, diverse, and equal culture. HBSE is expected to share a new diversity and inclusion initiative in the weeks ahead. 

The Eagles say they plan to close their offices in observance of the holiday every year. Going forward, they are planning to form community service opportunities to recognize the day. 

Social media accounts for the Phillies will mark the day. Also, while it’s not directly related to Friday’s observance, the Phillies furthered their long standing relationship with the Urban League of Philadelphia last Saturday with an employee volunteer cleanup project in West Philadelphia. 

The Flyers will be celebrating the holiday companywide, which includes their parent company Comcast. The Flyers are emphasizing to their employees the importance of learning, reflecting and celebrating in whatever manner they choose.

The team sent its employees online resources about the meaning and importance of the holiday. A spokesperson for the Flyers and Comcast Spectacor said they informed their employees of a new partnership with the city of Philadelphia in honor of Juneteenth. Details aren’t ready to be announced publicly yet because the city is still in the yellow phase until July 3. 

And the Union organization is using the day for education, reflection and action. Micki Davis, chief diversity officer at Widener University, will be speaking to Union staff about Juneteenth, as well as racial and social justice issues. They said they’re using Friday to develop action steps. Going forward, the Union will also use June 19 as a day for community service.


CORRECTION: In a prior version of this story, Micki Davis' name was misspelled.