December 17, 2021
TWO-TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST KARLIE LLOYD NAMED 2021 JOHN WANAMAKER ATHLETIC AWARD RECIPIENT
PHILADELPHIA – Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champion Carli Lloyd was announced today as the recipient of the 2021 John Wanamaker Sports Award. This year marks the 50th Wanamaker Athletic Award. Natasha Cloud, a guard for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and social justice advocate, has been named the recipient of the Robert P. Levy Community Service Award.
Lloyd had a distinguished professional career that spanned nearly two decades and ended with her retirement this fall. The South Jersey native’s highlights include scoring golden goals at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics and leading Team USA to two FIFA Women’s World Cups™. In addition to his professional career, Lloyd runs soccer clinics to develop the skills of young players with a focus on values. She is also the honorary co-chair of Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the city’s bid committee for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.
“I am honored to receive this award from the Wanamaker Award Committee and the Philadelphia sports community,” Lloyd said. “I hope my career will inspire young athletes in the region to work hard to achieve their dreams and grow into the next generation of Olympic champions.”
The Wanamaker Athletic Award is presented to an athlete, team or organization that has gone above and beyond to reflect credit on Philadelphia and the team or sport in which they excelled. The award is presented by PHL Sports, the business development arm of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in association with the Wanamaker Office Building, CBS3 and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The recipient of the 2021 Robert P. Levy Community Service Award, Cloud is honored for her fight for racial justice. The 2020 season is being shut down to focus on those efforts. Cloud has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement and spearheaded efforts to transform Mystics Arena into one of the largest voting centers in Washington, DC for the 2020 presidential election.
After being drafted by the Mystics in 2015, she helped the team win the WNBA Championship in 2019. Prior to her professional career, Cloud played for St. Joseph’s University, where she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, and Cardinal O’Hara High School in Broomale.
“Carly and Natasha are not only world-class athletes, but they are also outstanding ambassadors and advocates for the community,” said Don Smolensky, president of the Philadelphia Eagles and chairman of PHL Sports. “On behalf of PHL Sports, we are honored to recognize both of them for their inspiring achievements.”
During September 2021, the public participated in the nomination process through online voting. The Wanamaker selection committee, made up of various sports and media representatives, made the final decision in recent weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lloyd and Cloud will be honored during the 2022 ceremony in the Wanamaker Building’s Crystal Tea Room. Learn more about the Wanamaker Award here.
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