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After-School All-Stars Announces Continued Northeast Expansion in Partnership with Harris Family Charitable Foundation
Three-Year, Three-City Strategic Grant Will Support Continued Expansion for ASAS
Philadelphia – May 18, 2017: After-School All-Stars (ASAS) announced today a new Philadelphia school site program was successfully launched this spring, made possible by funding from the Harris Family Charitable Foundation.
The announcement at Russell H. Conwell Middle School in Philadelphia was made jointly by Josh Harris, managing owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Pennsylvania Senator Anthony Williams, ASAS’ CEO Ben Paul and Philadelphia Executive Director Reynelle Staley, and Conwell Middle School Principal Erica Green.
ASAS serves more than 73,000 boys and girls in 19 chapters across the country with comprehensive, evidence-based after-school programming. The organization provides 351 schools in low-income communities with sports, academic, and enrichment programming. Program outcomes include improved academic performance, character development, physical health, and nutritional awareness.
The $750,000 grant from the Harris Family Charitable Foundation, disbursed over three years, has enabled ASAS to continue to expand its reach throughout the northeast corridor, opening new schools in Newark in 2016 and Philadelphia in 2017.
Thanks to this partnership, Russell H. Conwell Middle School in Philadelphia is the latest school to receive expanded programming from ASAS. ASAS is now providing comprehensive afterschool programming to more than 90 youth at this site, with a growing waitlist to join the program.
ASAS and HFCF are also on track to expand programming into nearby Camden beginning in Fall 2017.
With this three-year, three-city plan, the Harris Family Charitable Foundation aims to bring a high-quality afterschool and sport program to three of its target geographies.
About Harris Family Foundation
The mission of the Harris Family Foundation is to improve lives and strengthen communities through the transformative powers of sport and enhanced wellness. Its grant-making is focused on opportunities for at-risk youth, health and wellness initiatives, and community-building programs. The Foundation translates the rigors of a business-oriented approach into philanthropic projects to help elevate grantees’ performance and create “better versions of themselves.” It supports initiatives, including community sports programs, which create a more vibrant community life and opportunities for personal growth.
Founded in 1992 by Arnold Schwarzenegger, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. More than 73,000 children from 19 U.S. regions benefit: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Puget Sound, San Antonio, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida, Tampa, Toledo and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.as-as.org.