76ERS COMMUNITY MOURNS THE LOSS OF A GREAT

A FEW MONTHS AGO, I WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT FRIENDS OF MINE WHO PLAYED PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL OVERSEAS AND HOW THEY WERE GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. WHEN I GOT TO INTERVIEW THEM, SOMETHING THAT WAS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THEM WAS THEIR LEGACY, AND WHAT THEY LEAVE BEHIND.

THE OTHER DAY THE 76ERS COMMUNITY LOST ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST FANS. JOEY DIBENEDETTO TRAGICALLY LEFT THIS WORLD. JOEY WAS THE FOUNDER AND OWNER OF SIXERS 24-7, A FACEBOOK GROUP THAT BROUGHT TOGETHER OVER 45,000 FANS ON A DAILY BASIS.

I NEVER MET JOEY AND BEING NEW TO THE GROUP I DIDN’T INTERACT WITH JOEY, BUT OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS SEEING THE OVERWHELMING LOVE AND SUPPORT IN THE GROUP MADE ME REALIZE SOMETHING, AND IT GOES BACK TO LEGACY.

JOEY WAS MORE THAN JUST A FAN OR FACEBOOK GROUP OWNER, HE TOUCHED PEOPLE’S LIVES AND HELPED MAKE THEM BETTER. PEOPLE LOVED JOEY, HE WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO HELP WHEN HE COULD, HE WAS BELOVED BY PEOPLE HE HAS NEVER MET, AND HE LOVED HIS 76ERS.

HIS LEGACY IS WAY MORE THAN JUSY BEING A FAN, HE BROUGHT FANS TOGETHER ON A DAILY BASIS, HE AFFECTED PEOPLE’S LIVES FOR THE BETTER AND SHARED THE SAME STRANGE LOVE THAT WE ALL DO FOR THE TEAM.

JOEY, WE MAY HAVE NEVER MET BUT I’VE SEE THE IMPACT YOU HAVE HAD ON PEOPLE AND ALL THE GOOD THAT YOU BROUGHT TO SIXERS FANS AND MORE ON A DAILY BASIS. I’M SURE THAT WILL BE WHAT YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR. YOUR PASSION AND LOVE FOR THE TEAM AND FANS, AND YOU’RE ABILITY TO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES FOR THE BETTER WILL BE PART OF A GREAT LEGACY YOU LEAVE BEHIND.

WHEREVER YOU ARE, I HOPE YOU CAN STILL HEAR ALLA AND MARC, AND WATCH OUR GUYS KICK SOME ASS. WE’LL GET A TROPHY FOR YOU!

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. GO SIXERS!

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