BERNARD HOPKINS is this year's recipient of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award. Hopkins, who will receive the award at a ceremony June 20, is being recognized for becoming the oldest fighter to win a world championship.
"I am extremely honored to be named the Wanamaker Athletic Award winner. Breaking my own record as the oldest fighter to win a world title was a great accomplishment in my career and for my city to recognize that means a great deal," said Hopkins, 48. "Everyone knows that Philadelphia breeds great champions, and I take so much pride in representing Philly every time I step into the ring. Many thanks to the Philadelphia Sports Congress for this great honor."
The award, which has been bestowed since 1961, recognizes 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.
National nonprofit Back on My Feet will be presented with the Robert P. Levy Community Service Award, which honors people or groups that have done the most to "improve the quality of life in Philadelphia through sports."
Also, the city's Parks & Recreation Department is recognizing Yolanda Laney with its Sports Volunteer of the Year Award. Laney, who works in the City Solicitor's office, has been a coach and mentor for youth basketball programs for more than 30 years.
"This year's recipients are all great examples of the impact that individuals can have on others," said David Montgomery, chairman, Philadelphia Sports Congress.