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Phil Martelli To Be Honored By March of Dimes
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/15/2004

Oct. 4, 2004

PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's basketball coach Phil Martelli will be honored as the "Citizen of the Year" by the March of Dimes on Saturday, October 23 at a black-tie gala at the National Constitution Center in downtown Philadelphia.

The annual event, "An Evening in Brittany", begins with a cocktail reception and private viewing of the museum at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and dancing to follow at 7:30 p.m. The National Constitution Center is located on 524 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

The award, which honors a person in the Philadelphia area, recognizes the exemplary commitment Martelli has made to the community through volunteer service and excellence in his field.

Martelli has earned a host of awards this year, for excellence both on and off the court. The Hawks' head coach was the consensus national Coach of the Year after leading Saint Joseph's to a magical 30-2 season with a berth in the NCAA Elite Eight. Martelli's work goes far beyond the basketball court, as he is very active with numerous charitable organizations. Aside from his work with the March of Dimes, the coach is a key player in Coaches vs. Cancer, and has helped the "Philly Six" become one of the most successful groups in the nation in raising awareness and funds to fight the disease.

Additional information and invitations for the black-tie event can be obtained by contacting Fran Franchi at the March of Dimes at 610-945-6050.