Legacy Awards honors legends

Two of Philadelphia’s basketball legends, the late Wilt Chamberlain and Fran Dunphy, were honored with Philadelphia Legacy Awards last Saturday. The ceremony took place at the Restaurant School, 4207 Walnut Street.

The Legacy Awards honor individuals for accomplishments in business, creative arts, education, law, medicine, sports, science, politics, philanthropy, technology and social entrepreneurship. A portrait of each awardee was created. The portraits of Chamberlain and Dunphy depict their lives on and off the court.

Chamberlain began his career at Overbrook High School where he scored 2,252 points from 1953-55. At the University of Kansas, he guided the Jayhawks to the NCAA Finals in 1957. Although Kansas lost to the University of North Carolina, Chamberlain was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four.

After his college days, he played one season with the Harlem Globetrotters and then started his NBA career in 1959 with the Philadelphia Warriors. That year he won Rookie of the Year and was named MVP in the NBA All-Star Game as well as the during regular season.

Chamberlain set close to 100 records in his career, and many of them still stand. On March 2, 1962, he scored 100 points to lead the Warriors over the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He averaged 50 points a game that year.

He earned seven scoring titles and led the league in rebounding 11 times and in assists once. He won two NBA championships, one with the Philadelphia 76ers (1966-67) and one with the Los Angeles Lakers (1971-72). He received four MVP awards and was selected for 13 All-Star Games and 10 All-NBA first and second teams.

Dunphy is the winningest head coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history after more than three decades at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Before that, he had a great basketball career as a player at La Salle University.

This year, Dunphy finished his final season as the head men’s basketball coach at Temple, leading the Owls to a 23-10 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Dunphy has been a long-time ambassador for Philadelphia, serving as a leader in a lot of national volunteer efforts like Coaches vs. Cancer. he has also won several national awards, including the Dean Smith Awards from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Gene Bartow Award.

Villanova STATS FCS Team of the Week

Villanova is off to a great start this season. The Wildcats’ football team garnered some national recognition this week. Following a 52-45 overtime win at Towson University in the CAA opener, Villanova was named STATS FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) Team of the Week.

At the time of this crucial game, Villanova was ranked No. 18 and Towson was No. 5 in the country among FCS teams. Villanova quarterback Daniel Smith scored on a two-yard run to to give the Wildcats the lead in overtime.

“Hats off to [Villanova] Coach [Mark] Ferrante and Villanova, that is a very, very good football team,” said Towson coach Rob Amdros, whose team was coming off a 22-point victory over defending CAA champion Maine in a statement. “They brought their A-game tonight. After last year [a 45-35 Towson road win], we knew that was coming, and they were impressive on both sides of the ball and special teams.”

Villanova (4-0) moved from No. 18 to No. 8 in the country according to the latest STATS FCS Top 25 poll. Smith received CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors. Former Imhotep Charter star Amin Black had seven total and six solo tackles for Villanova in the win over Towson.

Black College Football Poll

North Carolina A&T is the No. ranked football team among historically Black colleges and universities according to this weeks’ Power News Radio Network Black College Football Poll. Here is the list of the top 10 HBCU football teams.

1. North Carolina A&T

2. Florida A&M

3. Alcorn State

4. South Carolina State

5. Southern

6. Bethune-Cookman

7. Alabama State

8. Virginia Union

9. Grambling State

10. Norfolk State

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