Sixers’ sneaker auction raises more than $250K for youth in Philly region

Joel Embiid's sneakers
The shoes of Joel Embiid, No. 21 of the Philadelphia 76ers, are seen at Wells Fargo Center on March 1, 2021, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His sneakers sold for $20,100 at a charitable auction, which will go toward youth in the Delaware Valley. Photo credit Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Sixers raised more than $250,000 from a sneaker auction last week, which will go toward youth programs in the area.

The Sixers Youth Foundation ran a three-day auction of game-worn sneakers from various current and former players, ranging from Joel Embiid to Allen Iverson to Julius Erving.

On Saturday, the Sixers announced they raised $254,829. Managing partner Josh Harris and his wife, Marjorie, who chairs the Sixers Youth Foundation, said they will match that total.

The proceeds benefit programs in the Delaware Valley that provide children with academic enrichment, access to quality play and safe play spaces.

Embiid’s bright yellow Under Armour sneakers received the highest bid of all the shoes. They sold for $20,100.

“It means a lot (to hear we raised that much),” Embiid said. “I’m big into helping people, so to be in the position that we are and to be able to raise that much money and for the owners to participate and help us, I think it’s big.

“I always mention, being from Africa, in general, that’s been my goal since I got to the league,” he continued. “I want to help as much people as I can. It’s nice to see us as a group do that.”

“That feels amazing,” echoed Sixers backup center Dwight Howard. “We’re very thankful and grateful that we can do anything to help our kids and people around the world, so I’m very excited. I think we’re excited to give our shoes away in order to just benefit these kids.

“Thank you to everyone that participated in the auction. We very much appreciate you guys for helping us out. This is not about us. This is for the kids and all of us want to win the championship this year, and this is for our children.”