Even before a worldwide epidemic knocked the education sector on its heels, several school districts had been hammered hard by budget concerns, with Philadelphia being one of the greatest instances. Local celebrities, on the other hand, are helping to make a difference.
Meek Mill, Kevin Hart, and Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, announced today that they will gift $15 million to 110 Philadelphia schools for the 2022-2023 academic year.
The $15 million number is a significant increase from Meek and Rubin’s previous major gift in 2020, when they established a $2 million scholarship fund to assist students during the epidemic and ensuing lockdowns. The partners are also following through on a promise they made in 2019.
“We care a lot about education,” Rubin remarked during an appearance on The Breakfast Club. I’m not sure if you noticed, but Meek Mill and I have been discussing schooling a lot. This year, between Meek and me in Pennsylvania, we’re going to give millions of dollars to Pennsylvania schools.”
Meek Mill has been giving back to his area for years, collaborating with Puma to rehabilitate local basketball facilities and arranging bag and school supply giveaways. Although he was chastised in 2020 for being stingy with some youths selling water, it appears that he is trying to follow through on his pledges to the city’s children.