Pennsylvania designated Chester as a financially distressed municipality in 1995, and the city’s schools ranked last among the state’s districts in standardized test scores. “I just wanted to get out here and give back to Chester,” Evans said. “I saw the need to get free eye exams out here to kids because I know a lot of kids don’t go to get eye exams.”
Over the summer, Evans dedicated himself to improving his game as he enters his fourth NBA season. That didn’t change in Chester, where he made sure he found a gym for his workouts between community work and spending time with his family. But it was important for Evans to bring the eye exams to his hometown. Many of the children in the community do not have access to proper health care. The median income in Chester is $23,703, and for a family, it’s $29,436. Twenty-seven percent (9,172) of the population lives below the poverty line, and 72 percent (7,289) of its students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.