Joel Embiid is having an MVP season, and ahead of Sunday night’s All-Star Game, he will be using his winnings to help those in need.
Embiid has committed his $100 thousand in All-Star earnings to Philadelphia homeless shelters, including Project HOME, Sunday Breakfast Mission and Youth Service Inc., to help those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“So many have fallen on such hard times during the pandemic,” Embiid said in a statement. “I felt it was important to provide more support for individuals and families struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.”
Embiid, who is getting ready to appear in his fourth straight All-Star Game, will use his winnings to help provide 15,000 meals for homeless and underserved individuals, 4,000 essential clothing items for homeless teens and adults, treatment of 1,000 homeless individuals receiving COVID-19 vaccines, funding a six-week summer camp for over 50 homeless and at-risk youth, and will provide shelter and essential needs for over 300 teens facing homelessness or home insecurity.
“I’m continually grateful for all of the support that Philadelphia and the fans have given me, not just around All-Star but all my years in the league,” Embiid said. “I will continue to help in any way I can.”