/  12.16.2021

Meek Mill teamed up with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to throw an event benefitting the REFORM Alliance and children impacted by the criminal justice system. On Wednesday night (Dec. 15), the rapper brought a group of 26 kids to The Wells Fargo arena, where they played a game of 5-on-5 before watching the Philadelphia team’s matchup against the Miami Heat.

The gesture was reportedly part of an initiative to raise awareness to the REFORM Alliance, an organization that fights for criminal justice reform, and an opportunity for the “Going Bad” emcee to give back, especially to a group of people whose personal experiences resonate with his own.

“I am one of those kids, so I know what it means to be in those types of situations,” Mill told Billboard. “I make sure I cater to it the way I just did it out there. It’s fun for me, too.”

Meek publicly battled a legal case related to gun and drug possession charges. After violating his probation conditions, he was sentenced to 2-to-4 in prison, serving only months of the term before his 2018 release. While speaking to the publication, he explained that he wants to be the help that he hardly received.

“I ain’t really have anyone to change my life at a young age,” he said. “I’m just one of the lucky ones. If I could help one person, they ask me about helping a million people at REFORM, but if I could help one person, that’s enough for me.”

Meek’s quality time with the kids in Philly comes on the heels of another report regarding his contributions to his city. As previously reported by REVOLT, the rapper is planning to donate $50,000 worth of gifts to Philadelphia families during his annual Christmas giveaway.

“We can make some kids smile in Philadelphia,” he said of the forthcoming event. “I think it was always in me. I just don’t think I had it to give away.”

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