What does one of the world’s most successful businessmen and billionaires say is the key to success? The answer may surprise you. Josh Harris – private equity giant and principal owner/managing partner of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers – attributes much of his success in life to lessons learned during his days as a high school and college wrestler. Now Harris and his wife, Marjorie, are working with ASAS to help provide similar opportunities to youth across the country.
Parents of five children, Josh and Marjorie understand the importance of after-school programming in teaching big life lessons such as leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. “Kids get to play basketball and other sports, but also we sneak in a little bit of homework and good eating, and science and math,” explains Josh at an After-School All-stars basketball clinic. “I think it’s really important to feel that we’re making a difference and giving back to the community,” adds Marjorie. “It’s not just about owning a team – it’s about what it does for people.”
Over the last two years, the Harris Family Charitable Foundation has supported ASAS’ expansion throughout the northeast, helping us open new sites in Camden and Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA – all cities tied to the Harrises’ sports teams. Additionally, the foundation has supported ASAS’ national capacity to operate high-quality programs, including funding the expansion of our evaluation efforts, as the Harrises are staunch advocates of results-driven philanthropy.
Thank you, Josh and Marjorie Harris, for your commitment to the cities of Camden, Newark, and Philadelphia, and to supporting ASAS’ work to build the next generation of leaders, both on and off the court!