Philadelphia 76ers Managing Partner Josh Harris, Co-Managing Partner David Blitzer and the Philadelphia 76ers organization have made a significant donation to Cooper University Health Care’s COVID-19 Assistance Fund that will make a positive impact in meeting the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cooper Foundation established the fund in response to numerous requests from the community to help Cooper, South Jersey’s leading academic health system, during this national emergency. Today’s donation by Harris, Blitzer and the 76ers will provide funds to help purchase critical equipment and supplies, including a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, eye protection, and other critically needed medical equipment, such as ventilators.
“On behalf of the nearly 8,000 members of the Cooper team I want to thank Josh Harris, David Blitzer, and the Philadelphia 76ers for their incredibly generous donation and for serving as a tremendous partner in serving our community,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, Co-President/CEO of Cooper.
“Cooper’s clinical and support staff are among the most skilled, compassionate, and dedicated healthcare professionals and this contribution will directly provide needed resources to help those on the front line providing care,” added Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-President/CEO of Cooper.
In February, the 76ers announced that it had entered into a community-focused partnership with Camden’s Cooper University Health Care, making Cooper an Official Partner. As part of that unique partnership, Cooper and the 76ers will collaborate on a variety of community-based initiatives including youth basketball camps and educational programs, playground renovations, and numerous other activities benefitting Camden residents.
To support the COVID-19 Assistance Fund, please visit foundation.cooperhealth.org/covid-19. To make a donation of critically needed PPE supplies, please email COVID19Assistance@cooperhealth.edu
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, having won three World Championships, earning nine trips to The Finals and making 49 playoff appearances over 70 seasons. The Philadelphia 76ers organization is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.
ABOUT HARRIS BLITZER SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), founded by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, is a leading sports and entertainment company, with a focus on delivering the ultimate fan experience, and developing and enhancing the communities in which their teams live, work and play. HBSE’s portfolio includes premier franchises, brands, venues, and investment platforms, centered around three marquee assets, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, one of the top 10 most booked arenas in North America. In addition to these marquee franchises, HBSE has added tremendous value through acquisition and development of the Delaware Blue Coats (G-League), the Binghamton Devils (AHL), the GRAMMY Museum Experience at the Prudential Center, the mixed-use 76ers Training Complex in Camden, NJ, an NBA 2K League Team (76ers Gaming Club) and New Meta Entertainment, a digital sports and entertainment company, which includes renowned esports organization, Dignitas. HBSE is also actively engaged in new ventures, including HBSE Ventures (HBSEV), a venture capital business focused on sports technology, entertainment, performance and analytics; Elevate Sports Ventures, a top-tier sports and entertainment consultancy; the Sixers Innovation Lab, which supports rapidly growing, early-stage companies in the consumer product space and provides industry-leading consulting and investment opportunities to startups with potential.
With strong investment acumen and a deep bench of talent across a diverse spectrum of industries, HBSE positions itself as one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial sports and entertainment businesses today. The HBSE team, from its leadership through the entire organization, strives to positively impact the communities in which it operates through the powerful platform of sports. For more information, visit www.HBSE.com.
About Cooper University Health Care
Cooper University Health Care is a leading academic health system and the only state-designated Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey. Cooper’s mission is to serve, to heal, and to educate. Annually, nearly two million patients visit Cooper’s 750-plus physicians practicing in 75 specialties at more than 100 convenient medical offices and three urgent care centers. The Cooper Health Sciences campus is home to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Visit CooperHealth.org to learn more.