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EAGLES’ JASON AVANT, FLYERS BILL BARBER AND OTHERS CONFIRMED FOR
PHILADELPHIA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION 2014 DINNER

Sports Writers to Also Honor Navy’s MVP Quarterback and Drexel’s Women’s Basketball Coach

PHILADELPHIA – Dec. 23, 2013 – The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association announced today that Eagles veteran wide receiver, Jason Avant, will attend the organization’s 2014 dinner on Jan. 27 to receive the “Good Guy” award for his collaboration with the media. This annual event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J. Tickets are on sale now at PSWA.org.

Jason Avant was drafted by the eagles in 2006 and is a staple among the team’s wide receivers.  He has nearly 300 career receptions and 3,500 yards.

In addition to recognizing Avant, former Philadelphia Flyers’ player and coach, Bill Barber, will be at the dinner to accept the “Living Legend” award. Barber played 12 seasons with the Flyers and was a leader on the team in ’74 and ’75, when the Flyers won the franchise’s two Stanley Cups.  He is currently a scout for the team.

The Association is adding two impressive college sports celebrities to its list of award recipients for the 2014 dinner, too.  Denise Dillon, Drexel University’s women’s basketball coach will accept a “Special Achievement” award for leading her team to win the 2013 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

In college football, Navy quarterback and MVP of the Army/Navy game, Keenan Reynolds, will be in attendance and honored for leading his team to a 12th straight win over Army, where he ran for 136 yards and scored three touchdowns..  He has scored 176 points this season – a school record.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring these stellar athletes to our guests, where those in attendance will get to see and hear these celebrities in a more personal setting,” said Philadelphia Sports Writers Association President Ron Corbin.

This year’s award recipients will also include representatives from the Philadelphia Flyers ’73-’74 Stanley Cup-winning team; former Eagles General Manager and Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Founder Jim Murray; Phillies’ General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Manager Ryne Sandberg;  Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan from Chester, Pa.; as well as dozens of other sports celebrities. Tickets are available for $95 now through PSWA.org.

In addition, the Association has partnered with the Philadelphia branch of Coaches vs. Cancer, who will have a presence at this year’s dinner. Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia is part of the national program created in 1993 by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and leverages the strength, community leadership and popularity of our country’s college basketball coaches to fight cancer. Since its inception, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has raised more than $87 million nationwide to support the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.

To learn more about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit http://www.cancer.org/involved/participate/coachesvscancer.

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