Sixers’ Doc Rivers shares message of open-mindedness on Pride Night

Philadelphia 76ers mascot, Franklin the dog, celebrates Pride Night.
Philadelphia 76ers mascot, Franklin the dog, celebrates Pride Night on April 26, 2021, at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo credit Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 76ers celebrated their annual LGBTQ Pride Night at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday.

This year’s celebration came one day after the anniversary of the historic sit-in at Dewey’s Restaurant in Center City, on April 25, 1965.

Before the game, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers explained the importance of the night.

“No. 1: education,” he said. “Open-mindedness … inclusion. We just need to learn just to understand each other and be more tolerant to each other, and so I think it’s important to have all these nights. Pride Night is one of them.”

American figure skater and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir — also a native of Coatesville, Pennsylvania — was the ceremonial bell-ringer prior to opening tipoff.

The evening also brought awareness to the Sixers’ partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center and featured an interview with WNBA champion and  Delaware County native Natasha Cloud, which was posted by the team on social media.