A day after teeing off for a game-best 29 points behind a career-high tying 7 3-pointers in the 76ers’ season-opener at Washington, Robert Covington kept an active schedule. Not only did the 26-year old forward participate in the team’s afternoon workout in Camden, he later stopped by Chester Arthur Elementary School in Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
There, through a partnership with the Dreambuilders Foundation and Playworks Pennsylvania, Covington made a $20,000 contribution to the school to be put towards providing students with safe and fun programs and activities.
“Growing up as a kid, I wasn’t able to experience stuff like this,” Covington said Thursday. “The impact it has on these kids lives, you never know what you can do for them.”
A native of the Chicago suburb of Bellwood, Illinois, Covington has always made it a point to give back to his hometown since turning pro. Entering his fourth season with the Sixers, he’s been wanting to do the same in the Delaware Valley for a while.
“Establishing myself in the Philadelphia area, that’s one thing I always pictured myself doing,” said Covington. “Now that I have the opportunity, I’ve got to use my platform as best I can.”
During his childhood, Covington spent most of his time playing in his backyard. He considers himself fortunate that his mother, through employment at a sporting goods store, was able to procure a basketball net for his family.
In those years, he said he learned a valuable lesson, one that came to the forefront of his mind at Tuesday’s event.
“My mom laid the foundation that in order for you to be successful, you have to take care of the books first,” Covington said. “That’s one thing she preached about, because at any point, other stuff can be taken away.”