Sonny Hill

Lifetime Commitment

Local, Philadelphia 76ers, Contributor

Referred to as “The Mayor of Basketball” in Philadelphia
Sonny's influence goes beyond the basketball court
Known for his roles as a 76ers executive, radio host, broadcaster, counselor and mentor to thousands of young men
Acknowledged for his ability to reach kids through the game of basketball to become better people
Co-founded the Charles Baker Memorial Summer League (1960)
His Baker League would become the top off season showcase of pro basketball talent
Recognized as the oldest and most prestigious professional summer league in the country
Developed the Sonny Hill Community Summer League as an amateur adjunct for college, high school, and pre-high school players (1968)
The league presents an alternative to the challenges of the street and provides participants with discipline, guidance, and direction
Offers students tutoring and career counseling programs in addition to basketball
It’s been said that the Sonny Hill League has done more to battle the perils of gangs and drugs and promote life skills than any other program in the city
Has been honored with over 25 civic awards including numerous “Man of the Year” designations
NBA Commentator for CBS Sports (1974-78)
Continues to host a weekly talk show on sports radio 610 WIP-AM
Named one of the 100 most influential minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated (2004)
Finalist for the Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award presented by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (2008)
It honors individuals "who have incorporated basketball into their efforts to contribute to the greater good of society"

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