There was a special event at the First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street, on March 2 to recognize the achievement of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. It was the 50th anniversary of this outstanding performance. Fans can now see this special event on DVD.
The luncheon featured a number of Hall of Famers and Philadelphia basketball greats. This memorable event sponsored by the Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee was a fantastic tribute to the former Overbrook High and University of Kansas All-American. More than 200 people came out to celebrate this brilliant moment in sports history, but also to support the stamp effort.
Chamberlain is currently “under consideration” to receive a postage stamp, according to the United States Postal Service. The committee is hoping Chamberlain will be selected for a stamp when the postal service announces its stamps for 2013.
Fans interested in receiving a copy of this DVD should send a check for $10 payable to the Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee. The address: Wilt Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee, Post Office Box 32323, Philadelphia, PA 19146.
On March 2, 1962, Chamberlain scored 100 points to lead the Philadelphia Warriors to a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36-for-63 from the field and connected on 28-of-32 foul shots that game. It was a historic performance.
USTA Serves awards $35k to area organizations
USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, recently announced it has awarded three Greater Philadelphia organizations a total of $35,000 in grants. During its 2012 spring funding cycle, USTA Serves awarded 44 community tennis and education organizations more than $400,000 in grants.
Of the organizations benefitting from the grant program, the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, Inc. (formerly Arthur Ashe) has had roots in Philadelphia and Camden since the early 1950s. The recently rebranded group was granted $10,000 in funding to support 10 National Junior Tennis and Learning sites, which combine the sport of tennis with education and leadership development that leads to greater health, learning and opportunity for children and youth in Philadelphia, serving 1,350 youth.
For nearly 30 years, Black Women in Sport Foundation has been providing youth programming resources for, and about women of color in sports. BWSF will use its award of $10,000 to introduce tennis, life skills, and nutrition education to 800 underserved Philadelphia urban youth in after-school and summer programs.
The Katie at the Bat Team, in Narberth, started in 2006 with a focus on girls’ empowerment through sport, but has expanded to include all-girls programs as well as co-ed programs. Their grant of $15,000 will support three programs; In-school Tennis Program, Summer Tennis Camp, and Saturday Tennis Program. The program supports high-risk Philadelphia youth.
Lincoln’s Green named CIAA player to watch
Tim Green, Lincoln University football standout, is considered one of the three players to watch in the CIAA this season according to getrealfootball.com. Last season, Green finished with 21 tackles for loss and a career-high and season-high in sacks with 17. The senior defensive end led NCAA Division II statistically in sacks and was Lincoln’s first-ever Division II All-American, earning the honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Associated Press Little All-American team and D2Football.com honorable mention.
Green, an All-CIAA first team selection and an ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, was fourth on the team in tackles last season with 56, including 43 solo stops. He added 15 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and one safety.
Norman White named preseason All-American
Norman White, Villanova’s senior wide receiver, has been named to The Sports Network preseason All-American second team. White returns to the field this season after missing all of the 2011 campaign with a foot injury.
White had a breakout year as a junior in 2010 with 69 catches for 886 yards and 11 touchdowns. For his efforts in 2010, White was a first team All-CAA selection. For the second straight season, White will serve as a Wildcat team captain in 2012.
White, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, is a Hammonton, N.J. native and a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School. White and the Wildcats open the season on August 31 against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field.