For generations, black athletes have challenged the status quo and helped create today’s mainstream sports culture.
That’s especially true here in Philadelphia.From Dr. J scorching defenders around the rim to Joe Frazier’s 1971 “Fight of the Century” defeat of Muhammad Ali, this city has shaped — and been shaped by — many memorable figures.
Let’s not forget personalities such as the Sixers’ Allen Iverson and even coaches like Temple’s John Chaney, people who have had an impact on the city of Philadelphia, yes, but perhaps an even greater impact on their sports.
Black sports figures also use their platform to raise awareness about issues in their communities. Take Malcolm Jenkins, whose philanthropic efforts have changed the lives of children in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and beyond.
Play, style, flavor, personality, activism — all these attributes embody black athletes and black culture and contribute to the greater Philadelphia sports story.
As Black History Month progresses and we take a look at the impact of black athletes on the Philadelphia sports scene, we want to hear from you. Tell us in the box below: Which black athlete do you feel best represents the city of Philadelphia and why?
They could be mainstream athletes such as Brian Dawkins and Reggie White, or hidden figures such as Temple’s Tina Sloan Green, the first African-American collegiate lacrosse coach. We might feature your submissions in a coming article.