A letter from the PSWA president…
Someone recently asked me about the purpose of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
To me, the answer is easy. Now in its 112th year, the PSWA is here to preserve – and promote – the proud history of Philadelphia sports and what it has meant to the surrounding area.
We preserve history by honoring athletes and front-office personnel at our banquet every year, making sure they are recognized and saluted. At the same time, the PSWA serves as a conduit between the athletes and the fans, bringing them together in a setting that is much more relaxed than an arena or stadium.
Some of our past honorees are in the Who’s Who in America sports: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Robin Roberts, Julius Erving, Chuck Bednarik, Bernie Parent, Mike Trout. The list is endless.
This year’s banquet will also have a star-studded class, one that includes Carli Lloyd, the soccer star from Delran, N.J., who is arguably the top women’s athlete in the world; high-scoring Flyers winger Jake Voracek; boxing legend Larry Holmes, and many more to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
In addition, most of the proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which has done great things for local athletes who have suffered spinal injuries. The PSWA is proud to support such a worthwhile cause.
Please join us at our annual dinner on Monday, Feb. 1 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill and help us celebrate with some of the Philadelphia’s premier athletes, past and present. The Philadelphia pro and college teams will be represented, Michael Barkann will emcee the event, Joe Conklin will provide his irreverent Philly-sports humor, and we will unveil awards for the best story and the best broadcaster.
We will also announce the winner of our signature award: The Most Courageous Athlete.
One more thing: In many cities around the nation, banquets like ours have folded over the years because of a lack of interest. Thank you for keeping our banquet alive with your continued passion and love for sports. This banquet is for you, the fans, as much as it is for the athletes, coaches, managers and front-office executives that we honor.