Flyers' Giroux to receive Wanamaker award

Claude Giroux will be honored June 5.
Claude Giroux will be honored June 5. (ALEX BRANDON / AP)
Posted: May 16, 2012

Flyers center Claude Giroux will receive the 2012 John Wanamaker athletic award June 5 at the Wanamaker Building's Crystal Tea Room.

The Philadelphia Sports Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, presents the award each year in conjunction with Amerimar/Behringer Harvard.

This season, Giroux scored 28 goals and had 93 points and led the NHL in scoring during the first two rounds of the playoffs. Since 1961, the Wanamaker Award has been 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."

Jerry Segal will receive the Sports Congress' Robert P. Levy community service award, which is presented to an individual or organization "that has done the most to improve the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports."

Paralyzed after neck surgery in 1988, Segal established the Jerry Segal Golf Classic in 1990 and has raised more than $10 million for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

A lifetime achievement award will be presented to Comcast Spectacor chairman Ed Snider, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and creator of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

The sports volunteer of the year award went to the Katie Kirlin Fund, whose mission is to provide financial support "that fosters participation in wheelchair sports for children in Philadelphia and surrounding areas."

The public nominated the finalists for the awards, and sports and media representatives made the final selection of winners.

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