Howard named Wanamaker Award winner

Posted: June 07, 2007

Add another major award to Ryan Howard's collection.

The Phillies first baseman has been named the John Wanamaker Award winner. Howard is the reigning National League Most Valuable Player after hitting 58 home runs, with 149 RBI and batting .313 last season.

The Wanamaker 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."

Previous Wanamaker winners include many of the biggest names in Philadelphia sports history, including Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Joe Frazier, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Dawn Staley, Bob Clarke, Bernie Parent, Reggie White, Donovan McNabb and Chuck Bednarik.

Villanova's men's basketball team won the 2005 Wanamaker Award.

The Philadelphia Sports Congress presents the award in conjunction with the IPC/Amerimar Management Co., the Daily News and CBS3. The Sports Congress is a division of the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

This year's Community Service award goes to the Work to Ride, an equestrian program that focuses on disadvantage youth. Created 13 years ago by Lezlie Hiner, Work to Ride is a nonprofit program that introduces 7-to-19-year-olds to animals and nature. Work to Ride is based at the Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park.

Alex's Lemonade Stand and Afleet Alex won last year's Community Service Award.

At the June 27 luncheon honoring Howard and Work to Ride, Philadelphia University men's basketball coach Herb Magee will receive a Lifetime Achievement award. Magee's 833 wins are the most in NCAA Division II history. He ranks behind only Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp and Don Meyer (Northern State University, in South Dakota) in victories.

The Wanamaker awards luncheon will be held in the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room. *

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