Many local sports stars and big names attended the induction ceremony.
It was a who’s who of Jews connected to Philadelphia’s sports scene at the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the 2015 class on May 28 at the Gershman Y in Center City.
Among the estimated 300 attendees were Ruben Amaro, Jr., general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies; Jason Collins, the first openly gay basketball player in the NBA, whose story was told in Sports Illustrated by inductee Franz Lidz; former Governor Ed Rendell; Pat Gillick, president of the Phillies; Comcast SportsNet reporter Michael Barkann; and Tamir Goodman, a former college and Israel league basketball star who once owned the moniker “The Jewish Jordan.”
And, of course, there were the stars of the evening themselves: the seven Hall of Fame inductees, including Lidz; sports psychologist Joel Fish of Mount Airy; well-known sports agent, Arn Tellum; Cherry Hill, N.J., native Sam Jacobs, who starred in basketball for Cornell University in the late 1980’s; the late Norm Constantine, who served as the longtime mascot the Penn State University Nittany Lions; Temple University tennis star, Marty Gilbert; and Ben Goldman, a golfer who plied his trade for Cheltenham High School and then Penn State — along with their entourages of family and friends, all of whom received Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team scarves as a party favor.
Additionally, a select group of current local Maccabi athletes were honored for their prodigious sports skills and achievements before the main event.