On July 13, NBA stars Marcus and Markieff Morris and their Family Over Everything Foundation hosted their first Men’s Summit in Philadelphia for men and teenage boys from the region.
Modeled after their Women’s Empowerment Summit held last year, the Men’s Summit featured engaging discussion and presentations from powerful speakers on topics often left out of the classroom and public conversation, including physical and mental health, wealth building, and civic engagement.
Eric Westbrook of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement and Raynard Washington of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health highlighted the Brotherly Love: Health of Black Men and Boys in Philadelphia report and shared resources for improving health and wellness, including ways to cope with trauma from gun violence and poverty.
Philadelphia rapper Freeway spoke about his recent journey to health after battling kidney failure and offered advice on diet and nutrition.
Financial advisor, author, and media personality Rob Wilson discussed the importance of building financial security and how to achieve it.
Motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez shared a captivating keynote address about the power of commitment and being “All In.”
Attendees participated in informative and inspiring breakout sessions focused on career advancement and entrepreneurship, with sessions led by local experts including financial planner James Veal and youth nonprofit organization founder Anthony Jones.
Rising Community Enterprises founder Mubarak Lawrence led a conversation with Rep. Danilo Burgos of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Jamar Bordley of local community development organization The Enterprise Center about ways to make a difference through civic engagement and activism.
Marcus and Markieff Morris, along with fellow professional basketball players Sean Evans and Mario Little, discussed a range of topics, including fatherhood and overcoming the challenges of poverty without fathers of their own, navigating life as a student athlete, and playing professional basketball overseas.
Representatives from local resource providers, including PHMC’s Focus on Fathers program and University of Pennsylvania’s Bridges to Wealth financial empowerment program were onsite throughout the day to share more about their programs and services, and attendees received a booklet of resources to take home.
The Family Over Everything Foundation held the Men’s Summit as part of its “Summer Series” of events, which also included their annual youth basketball camp, along with their first Celebrity Softball Game. The foundation’s Summer Series will conclude with their annual Backpack Giveaway in Philadelphia on August 10 and Washington, D.C., on August 17. Learn more on the FOE Foundation website.