CAMDEN, NJ — The Mastery Charter East Camden Middle School will celebrate the launch of a youth mentoring program and basketball clinic made possible with help from the Philadelphia 76ers on March 2 during a pep rally.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Sixers Youth Foundation to work with our students at Mastery Charter East Camden Middle School,” said Sarah Kurpel, director of athletics and extracurricular programming at Mastery. “As a mission-driven organization, we feel naturally connected to the Sixers Youth Foundation’s mission to inspire and educate our students throughout our community. We want to thank both the Philadelphia 76ers and Maxwell Brown for forming this partnership,”

The GettingtheMAXoutofLife mentoring program, which officially launched Tuesday, will harness the power of basketball to empower young men and women in the area. 

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Sixers players will present uniforms to the school’s basketball team during the pep rally on March 2 at 10 a.m.

“I'm excited to have this opportunity to work with Mastery students and have the Sixers come on board and help me inspire, empower and educate these young men,” said Maxwell Brown, who currently runs the mentorship program at Mastery Pickett Campus.

"We hope to use basketball to help reinforce the importance of education, teamwork and persistence to help our youth find the greatness from within," Brown added.

Editor's Note: Organizers announced Thursday that the pep rally has been rescheduled to March 2 due to scheduling conflicts.

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