ROYERSFORD PA – It’s not every day that elementary school teachers get to shoot hoops with Philadelphia basketball stars, but that’s what happened last Wednesday (Dec. 20, 2017) at Upper Providence Elementary School.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, teammate Amir Johnson, and the 76ers Cheer and Dance Squad visited the school to talk about the importance of teamwork. During the day, they also had some lighthearted fun in its gym (at top) with students and staff members.
The school theme this year is “All-Star UPE,” and focuses on the significance of teamwork, good sportsmanship, and setting goals. Bringing “a group of people from the 76ers was our way to model teamwork, collaboration, and good sportsmanship to our kids in a very unique way,” Upper Providence Principal Dr. Melissa Patschke said.
“This year we’ve been encouraging the idea of ‘personal best,’ not to compete with one another but to focus on personal best in ourselves, in the school community and the greater culture,” she added.
The day was a success due to careful planning by Upper Providence parent and volunteer Robyn Conn.
Earlier this year the school welcomed players from the Philadelphia Union soccer team Dr. Patschke said she hopes to have a few more local celebrities motivate students to be their personal best before the academic year ends.
Photo from the Spring-Ford Area School District