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John Wanamaker Athletic Award

The John Wanamaker Athletic Award is presented to the athlete, team or organization that has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel. The award is given each year by PHL Sports — a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau — along with the Wanamaker Building, The Philadelphia Inquirer and CBS3.


Congratulations to Our Winners

2022 marked the 51st presentation of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award to Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper Andre Blake. Blake is a four-time MLS All-Star, three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and has been nominated twice for an ESPY award for best Major League Soccer player.

The City of Philadelphia’s Parks and Recreation Department, Sports Volunteer of the Year Award, was given posthumously to Coach Cliff Smith for his work with the Parkside Saints Football Program. Smith was a mentor to the young men who played in the program and was instrumental in bringing a football field to Parkside Avenue.

The Anderson Monarchs, a sports-based youth development organization in South Philadelphia, were named the 2022 Robert P. Levy Community Service Award winner. The Monarchs provide athletic and educational opportunities to thousands of youths who are under-resourced in Philadelphia.

Dr. Nikki Franke was awarded the David P. Montgomery Lifetime Achievement Award for her 50 years as head coach for Temple Fencing. Dr. Franke is a two-time Olympian and the first Black woman to coach an NCAA Division I fencing team.

Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper Andre Blake accepting the Wanamaker award from officials, all smiling for the photo

Don Smolenski, President of the Philadelphia Eagles and Chair of the PHL Sports Advisory Board, presents the John Wanamaker Athletic Award to Andre Blake, Goalkeeper of the Philadelphia Union. Photo courtesy of Wise Owl Multimedia.


Wanamaker Award Winners

2022, Andre Blake
Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper
2021, Carli Lloyd
Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champion
2019, Fran Dunphy
Head Coach, Temple University Men’s Basketball
2018, Philadelphia Eagles
Super Bowl Champions
2017, Dawn Staley
Temple basketball legend
2016, Villanova Wildcats
NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions
2015, Taney Dragons
Little League World Series Team
2014, LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia Eagles
2013, Bernard Hopkins
Boxer
2012, Claude Giroux
Philadelphia Flyers
2011, Roy Halladay, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies
2010, Villanova University Football Team
2010 FCS National Champions
2009, Philadelphia Phillies
2008 World Series Champions
2008, Jimmy Rollins, Shortstop
Philadelphia Phillies
2007, Ryan Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
2005, Dawn Staley
Olympian Temple Women’s Basketball Coach
2003, Villanova Women’s Basketball Team 2002, Donovan McNabb, Quarterback
Philadelphia Eagles
2001, Philadelphia 76ers 1999, Philadelphia Phantoms
Calder Cup Champions
1997, Dawn Staley, David Reid & Michael Matz
Philadelphia Olympians
1995, University of Pennsylvania
Men’s Football & Basketball Teams
1994, Philadelphia Phillies
National League Champions
1993, Reggie White, Defensive End
Philadelphia Eagles
1992, Charles Barkley, Forward
Philadelphia 76ers
1991, Lionel Simmons, Forward
LaSalle University basketball
1985, Villanova University, Basketball Team
NCAA Champions
1984, Moses Malone, Center
Philadelphia 76ers
1983, Steve Carlton, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies
1982, Widener College, Football Team
Division III Champions
1981, Philadelphia Phillies
1980 World Series Champions
1980, Flyers & 76ers
Flyers/Stanley Cup Finals   
76ers/NBA Finals
1979, Bill Bergey, All-Pro Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles
1978, Julius Erving, Forward
Philadelphia 76ers
1977, Mike Schmidt, Third Baseman
Philadelphia Phillies
1976, Fred Shero, Coach
Philadelphia Flyers
1975, Bernie Parent, Goalie
Philadelphia Flyers
1974, Bobby Clarke and The Philadelphia Flyers 1973, Steve Carlton, Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies
1972, University of Pennsylvania
Basketball Team
Ivy League & Big Five Title Winners
1971, Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing champion
1970, William Hyndman, III
Amateur Golfer
1969, Jumbo Elliott, Head Track Coach
Villanova University
1968, Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing champion
1967, Wilt Chamberlain, Center
Philadelphia 76ers
1966, Pete Retzlaff, Tight End
Philadelphia Eagles
1965, The Vesper Boat Club
Olympic Champions
1964, Gene Mauch, Manager
Philadelphia Phillies
1963, John E. Wideman, Captain, Basketball Team
University of Pennsylvania
1962, Frank Budd, Track Star
Villanova University
1961, Chuck Bednarik, Center and Linebacker
Philadelphia Eagles

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.

2022, Anderson Monarchs 2021, Natasha Cloud, WNBA Washington Mystics
guard and social justice advocate
2019, Give and Go Athletics
2018, Beat The Streets 2017, Team Up Philly 2016, Philadelphia City Rowing
2015, Special Olympics Philadelphia 2014, Black Women in Sport Foundation 2013, Back on My Feet
2012, Jerry Segal 2011, Eagles Youth Partnership 2010, SquashSmarts
2009, Temple University football 2008, Andy Talley, Villanova football 2007, Work to Ride
2006, Afleet and Alex’s Lemonade Stand 2005, World B. Free 2004, Coaches vs. Cancer
2003, Philadelphia Phillies 2002, Joe Hand Boxing Gym 2001, PDR Swim Team
2000, Pat Croce 1999, Philadelphia Youth Tennis 1998, Police Athletic League
1997, Sonny Hill 1996, The Flyers’ Wives Fight for Lives

 


City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department, Sports Volunteer of the Year Award

The award is presented annually to the “men and women in our community whose exemplary volunteer efforts have made a real difference in the lives of our City’s young people through sports.”

2022, Coach Cliff Smith* 2019, Andrew and Connie Crews 2018, Kensington Soccer Club
2017, Wayne “Coach Wiz” Allen 2016, Rahim Thompson 2015, Don Richardson
2014, Ruth Bull 2013, Yolanda Laney 2012, Katie Kirlin Fund


*Awarded posthumously


John Wanamaker Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

2019, David Montgomery 2017, John Chaney 2014, Tina Sloan-Green
2012, Ed Snider 2007, Herb Magee 2003, Bob Levy
2002, Harry Kalas 2000, Jim Tuppeny  

 

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