PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay has been named the 2011 recipient of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award. Halladay will receive the award on June 28 at a ceremony at the Wanamaker Building’s Crystal Tea Room. CBS 3 Sports Director Beasley Reece will emcee the event.
The award is presented each year by the Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, to an athlete, team or organization that excels in reflecting credit upon Philadelphia and their sport. The public participated in the nomination process and the Wanamaker Selection Committee made the final decision.
This is the fourth time in the last five years that a member of the Phillies organization has won the award.
The Philadelphia Eagles are also being honored this year. The organization will receive the Sports Congress’ Robert P. Levy Community Service Award. This award is presented to an individual or organization that has done the most to “improve the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports.”
“Philadelphia has much to be proud of on our sports scene, but these two winners really stood out for the selection committee voters,” said David Montgomery, chairman, Philadelphia Sports Congress. “The Eagles have been at the forefront of professional sports with their sustainability efforts and work in the community and Roy Halladay brought great pride and recognition to Philadelphia during a season few fans will forget.”