PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Joseph’s field hockey team was chosen as a nominee for the 2018 edition of the annual John Wanamaker Athletic Award, to be presented on June 11.

The Philadelphia Eagles were selected as this year’s winner of the Wanamaker Award, bestowed upon “the athlete, team, or organization which has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to the team or sport in which they excel.”  The award is presented by PHLSports, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on their well-deserved 2018 Wanamaker Award,” Saint Joseph’s head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “It's a significant award for Philadelphia, and fitting as Wanamaker’s famous catchphrase was ‘Meet me at the Eagle.’  Our entire field hockey team joined the championship parade and listened to the passion and adversity the Eagles spoke of on the Art Museum steps regarding their journey as Super Bowl LII Champions.”

The Hawks enjoyed a record-breaking season in 2017, notching 18 wins en route to their second consecutive Atlantic 10 regular season championship, the program’s first Atlantic 10 tournament title in 22 years, and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“For Saint Joseph's field hockey to be nominated with such an altruistic, humble, and driven team as the Eagles is an honor,” Farquhar said.  “Our players group portrays and lives by similar character traits.  Our performance as individuals only strengthen our collective group; we are Hawks.

“We may not be as trendy as Jason Kelce but we love Philadelphia and take great pride in representing Saint Joseph’s University.  I know our young women will positively impact a group, just as the Eagles have done.”

The annual Wanamaker Award Luncheon will be held on June 11 at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.