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If you’re looking to improve others’ quality of life, you can start by attending a basketball game – specifically, the Feb. 20 match between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center.

Proceeds from select ticket sales for the game between the Eastern Conference rivals will benefit the annual Catholic Charities Appeal (CCA).

Managed by the nonprofit Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP), the appeal raises critically needed funding for programs that benefit tens of thousands of individuals throughout the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

In particular, the CCA focuses on social services, evangelization, education, parish and spiritual life, clergy and local mission activities.


Food cupboards, schools of special education, homeless shelters, family service centers and campus ministries are among the numerous archdiocesan outreaches that rely on critical support from the CCA.

If 150 tickets from the CCA’s Feb. 20 seat reservations are sold, a longtime archdiocesan employee – and dedicated Sixers fan – will be honored with an official team jersey prior to the game.

James Amato, secretary for archdiocesan Catholic Human Services, said he’s looking forward to donning the uniform of his favorite team.

“As a lifelong Philadelphian, the three most significant life influences have been my faith, my family and a love of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams – most especially the Sixers,” said Amato.

The Sixers and Nets currently sit in the sixth and eighth positions, respectively, in the NBA’s Eastern Conference standings.

For more information about the Feb. 20 game, and to purchase tickets, visit https://fevo.me/cca76.