Carli Lloyd, the pride of Delran High and one of the premier women’s soccer players in history, is coming home.
Lloyd, the South Jersey native who led the United State to the World Cup championship in July, will be honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its 112th annual banquet Feb. 1 at the Crowne Plaze in Cherry Hill, association president Sam Carchidi announced.
“Being honored by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association is humbling and a very special moment for me,” Lloyd said. “I am very proud of my roots, and having grown up in the South Jersey area I became an instant fan of all the Philadelphia sports teams. I feel a connection with the PSWA as they have supported me for many years now. I am looking forward to coming back home and being a part of such a special night.”
Lloyd, who had a hat trick in the World Cup final against Japan and scored gold-medal-winning goals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, will be available to sign autographs at the end of the banquet.
Many other pro and collegiate athletes will be honored, and comic Joe Conklin will lighten up the night with his Philly sports observations. Michael Barkann of CSN and WIP, will serve as the dinner’s emcee.
The dinner is open to the public. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Discounts are offered for those who purchase a table of 12 tickets, and proceeds from the banquet go to the PSWA’s official charity, the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.
The banquet’s signature event is the naming of the Most Courageous Athlete; the honor is kept a secret until it is presented at the end of the evening.
The annual PSWA dinner started in 1904, and some its past honorees include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Reggie Jackson, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Robin Roberts, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Chuck Bednarik, Brad Lidge, Cole Hamels, Cathy Rush, Lloyd, and Elena Delle Donne.