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Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Philadelphia 76ers bring “Healthy Futures” to area students

By May 21, 2015September 22nd, 2016News

Philadelphia 76ers host basketball clinics at three elementary schools

Philadelphia, PA – May 21, 2015


The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) and Philadelphia 76ers will host basketball clinics at three area elementary schools as part of the Healthy Futures Initiative, a three-year, nearly $3 million comprehensive, collaborative approach to combating obesity and improving childhood wellness in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

As part of Healthy Futures’ “Get Fit” focus, the Philadelphia 76ers will bring forward Robert Covington, members of the high-flying Sixers Phlight Squad and mascot Franklin to visit Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, St. Francis of Assisi School and St. Joseph the Protector School for three mornings of fun, exercise and health education. The 76-minute special event will feature:

  • various fitness activities for kids
  • personalized basketball skills training sessions
  • healthy lifestyles tips, including the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and getting enough sleep.

Healthy Futures focuses on three components of healthy living — “Eat Right,” “Get Fit” and “Stay Well” — each brought to life in area schools through partnerships with national and regional leaders with expertise in nutrition, fitness and preventative health care. Launched in August 2013, Healthy Futures now offers programming in 25 regional schools, directly impacting more than 1,000 students and their families.


Thursday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. – 10:46 a.m.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School
6501 Mill Creek Road
Levittown, PA 19057

Tuesday, May 26, 9:30 a.m. – 10:46 a.m.
St. Francis of Assisi School
601 Buttonwood Street
Norristown, PA 19401

Thursday, May 28, 9:00 a.m. – 10:16 a.m.
St. Joseph the Protector School
2336 Fairhill Ave.
Glenside, PA 19038


Sixers forward Robert Covington
Sixers Phlight Squad
Sixers mascot Franklin
40-50 4th through 6th grade students
Maureen Furletti, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation:
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is leading solutions for a healthier community. The Foundation targets the following areas of impact:

  • Securing the Blue Safety Net:Achieving sustainability of the regional safety net by building capacity in health centers.
  • Bolstering the Health Care Workforce:Advancing the education and professional development of nurses and nurse leaders.
  • Addressing Health Priorities:Addressing national health trends locally through community-driven research.
  • Building Healthy Communities:Driving wellness by targeting specific and diverse community health needs.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on Twitter and Instagram at @ibxfdn.

Media Contact
Ruth Stoolman
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4807 (office)
610-667-9537 (cell)

Independence Blue Cross Foundation Team

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is leading a future for equitable health in our communities and nation. The IBC Foundation’s grant programs and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation Institute for Health Equity are advancing three areas of impact: Access to Care, the Healthcare Workforce, and Health Equity. Since inception the IBC Foundation’s most important stakeholder – the community – has been at the center of the work. By the end of 2023, the IBC Foundation will have awarded grants totaling more than $80 million to support nonprofits and research improving the health and well-being of communities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Learn more by visiting our website: Connect with the Independence Blue Cross Foundation on LinkedIn.