John Wanamaker Athletic Award Winners

 

The John Wanamaker Athletic Award is presented to the athlete, team or organization which has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.

The Robert P. Levy Community Service Award is presented to the individual, business or organization which has done the most to contribute to the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.


Taney Dragons Named Wanamaker Award Winners

Taney Dragons

 

The Taney Dragons were awarded the 2015 John Wanamaker Athletic Award at a Philadelphia Sports Congress luncheon in June.

The Dragons’ incredible run at the Little League World Series in 2014 captured the hearts of the entire region and made Mo’ne Davis a national celebrity.

“It is incredibly flattering to be included on this list of Philadelphia’s greatest athletes and most accomplished teams,” Taney Coach Alex Rice said.

“Last summer, the road to Williamsport was a special ride. It was our honor to represent the city of Philadelphia and show the heights our boys and girls can reach given the opportunities. Philadelphia and our kids can achieve anything.”

Past Wanamaker Award recipients have included Mike Schmidt, Julius Erving, Joe Frazier and Dawn Staley.

In addition, Special Olympics Philadelphia was awarded the Robert P. Levy Community Service Award, and Donald “Coach Don” Richardson received the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department’s 5th annual Sports Volunteer of the Year award.

The luncheon is hosted annually by the Sports Congress, in partnership with Amerimar TIER-REIT, CBS3 and the Daily News.


PAST WANAMAKER AWARD WINNERS

1961, Chuck Bednarik, Center and Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles

1962, Frank Budd, Track Star
Villanova University

1963, John E. Wideman, Captain, Basketball Team
University of Pennsylvania

1964, Gene Mauch, Manager
Philadelphia Phillies

1965, The Vesper Boat Club
Olympic Champions

1966, Pete Retzlaff, Tight End
Philadelphia Eagles

1967, Wilt Chamberlain, Center
Philadelphia 76ers

1968, Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1969, Jumbo Elliott, Head Track Coach
Villanova University

1970, William Hyndman, III
Amateur Golfer

1971, Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion

1972, University of Pennsylvania
Basketball Team
Ivy League & Big Five Title Winner

1973, Steve Carlton, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies

1974, Bobby Clarke and The Philadelphia Flyers

1975, Bernie Parent, Goalie
Philadelphia Flyers

1976, Fred Shero, Coach
Philadelphia Flyers

1977, Mike Schmidt, Third Baseman
Philadelphia Phillies

1978, Julius Erving, Forward
Philadelphia 76ers

1979, Bill Bergey, All-Pro Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles

1980, Flyers & 76ers
Flyers/Stanley Cup Finals   
76ers/NBA Finals

1981, Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Champions

1982, Widener College, Football Team
Division III Champions

1983, Steve Carlton, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies

1984, Moses Malone, Center
Philadelphia 76ers

1985, Villanova University, Basketball Team
NCAA Champions

~ 5 Year Absence ~

1991, Lionel Simmons, Forward
LaSalle University Basketball

1992, Charles Barkley, Forward
Philadelphia 76ers

1993, Reggie White, Defensive End
Philadelphia Eagles

1994, Philadelphia Phillies
National League Champions

1995, University of Pennsylvania
Men’s Football & Basketball Teams

1997, Dawn Staley, David Reid & Michael Matz
Philadelphia Olympians

1999, Philadelphia Phantoms
Calder Cup Champions

2001, Philadelphia 76ers

2002, Donovan McNabb, Quarterback
Philadelphia Eagles

2003, Villanova Women’s Basketball Team

2005, Dawn Staley
Olympian Temple Women’s Basketball Coach

2007, Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies

2008, Jimmy Rollins, Shortstop
Philadelphia Phillies

2009, Philadelphia Phillies
2008 World Series Champions

2010, Villanova University Football Team
2010 FCS National Champions

2011, Roy Halladay, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies

2012, Claude Giroux
Philadelphia Flyers

2013, Bernard Hopkins
Boxer

2014, LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia Eagles

2015, Taney Dragons
Little League World Series Team

 


 

Robert P. Levy Community Service Award Winners

A comprehensive list of past winners of the community service award. The Robert P. Levy Community Service Award is presented to the individual, business or organization which has done the most to contribute to the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.

1996, The Flyers’ Wives Fight for Lives

1997, Sonny Hill

1998, Police Athletic League

1999, Philadelphia Youth Tennis

2000, Pat Croce

2001, PDR Swim Team

2002, Joe Hand Boxing Gym

2003, Philadelphia Phillies

2004, Coaches vs. Cancer

2005, World B. Free

2006, Afleet and Alex’s Lemonade Stand

2007, Work to Ride

2008, Andy Talley, Villanova football

2009, Temple University football

2010, SquashSmarts

2011, Eagles Youth Partnership

2012, Jerry Segal

2013, Back on My Feet

2014, Black Women in Sport Foundation

2015, Special Olympics Philadelphia

 


John Wanamaker Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Jim Tuppeny - 2000

Harry Kalas - 2002

Bob Levy - 2003

Herb Magee - 2007

Ed Snider - 2012

Tina Sloan-Green - 2014

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