Rosemont to Host Annual Norcini Lecture April 26
Cheyenne Shaffer - April 9, 2021
Norcini Lecture 2021
Featuring David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer at Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment
Monday April 26, 7 p.m. (Virtual on Zoom)
Sponsored by the Mary and John Norcini Lecture Fund
This year, David Gould, Chief Diversity and Impact Officer, Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment (owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils, and other sports teams) was nominated by Rosemont College faculty members to address the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the College for the annual Norcini Lecture because of his role as Harris Blitzer’s new position Chief Diversity and Impact Officer, as well as the organization’s expanding efforts in the areas of diversity and inclusion, and its work to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the communities within Philadelphia and Camden, and the interest in sports by our student body (43% are student athletes, more than 50% of the admitted students have an interest in sports).
David Gould was named to the newly-created role Chief Diversity and Impact Officer in September 2020, after HBSE’s Managing Partners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, unveiled the company’s racial equity action plan, including a commitment of $20 million to fight systemic racism and champion equality. In this role, Gould leads HBSE’s internal and external diversity and inclusion standards, programs and initiatives across the organization, which additionally includes multiple esports properties, the top-10 nationally-ranked Prudential Center, HBSE Real Estate, HBSE Ventures, Sixers Innovation Lab and more. He also has assisted HBSE with its extensive work in brining relief to local communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m proud of the commitment made by our company and Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer to promote diversity and economic opportunity and publicly recognize the impact that systemic racism continues to have in our society,” said Gould in a September 2002 statement. “As a Black man, former college athlete, and native Philadelphian, this work is deeply personal to me and I believe that the sports and entertainment industry has an important role to play in the push for social and racial equality. It’s an honor to be leading this new priority for HBSE and I am excited for the positive impact we will have for both our staff and communities.”
Gould, a native Philadelphian who joined the 76ers earlier this year as the Executive Director of the Sixers Youth Foundation, played a significant role in the development of HBSE’s racial equity action plan and led many of the 76ers’ efforts to support communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis. During his time as Executive Director, Gould furthered the Foundation’s efforts to serve youth through the rehabilitation of basketball courts in Greater Philadelphia, as well as providing safe youth basketball clinics and delivering lunches to thousands of children across underserved communities.
He was selected as the speaker for Rosemont’s 2021 Norcini Lecture because HBSE’s outreach to the community strikes a chord with the philosophy of Rosemont to “meet the wants of the age.” In addition, the core work of HBSE, and its synergy with community service, is a topic of interest to our sports-minded community with the high level of sport participation among Rosemont students and alumni.
The Norcini Lecture will be held on Zoom, and is free and open to the public. Registrants will be emailed a link to the event on the afternoon of April 26. Register here.
The lecture is sponsored by the Mary and John Norcini Lecture Fund.