117th PSWA Banquet Announcement
After being benched for 2021 due to the pandemic, the annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet is back with a special celebration of all-time Philly sports greats. Legends from the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and Flyers will be honored in person (not via Zoom) as well as other outstanding athletes who have made an impact locally and nationally through the years.
First to be announced: soccer great and two-time FIFA World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, who will be on hand as an honored guest February 21st at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill. Lloyd’s amazing 17-year career wrapped up this fall with her 316th and final appearance on the soccer field.
Also confirmed to attend: Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Howe, whose time in Philadelphia defined his storied career. Howe made three All-Star appearances as a Flyer (1983, 1986, and 1988) and was a big part of the Flyers’ Stanley Cup runs in 1985 and 1987, making it to the finals. Howe, the son of hockey legend Gordie Howe, has been called one of the best defensemen in the history of the Philadelphia Flyers. His No. 2 was retired by the team in 2012.
Former Villanova football coach Andy Talley will also join the dais. Talley won more than 250 games during his legendary head coaching career, covering 37 seasons overall and 32 years at Villanova. Talley’s career record was an impressive 258-155-2 as head coach, including 230-137-1 in his 32 seasons with the Wildcats. He is the winningest head coach in Villanova football history, and during his final season in 2016 had the most wins of any active FBS or FCS head coach. Talley led the Wildcats to their first-ever national championship season in 2009, and Villanova made a total of 12 appearances in the FCS playoffs during his tenure, winning nine of his final 14 playoff games. Talley recently became the first Villanova player or coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
PSWA President Jon Marks: “We needed to do something really special for the Philadelphia sports fans after sitting out last year. What better way to return than to celebrate ALL of the marvelous athletes who have given so much to the city – it’s our opportunity to thank them for their contributions over the years.”
Lloyd, Howe and Talley are the first of many who will be attending – other all-time Philadelphia legends will be taking part. Look for announcements of more all-time greats attending this year’s dinner over the next few weeks.
The 117th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet will take place on February 21st, 2022, at the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased online at www.phillysportswriters.com.