NBC Sports Philadelphia celebrates 10 years of honoring local children at the Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes


NBC Sports Philadelphia celebrates 10 years of honoring local children at the Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes

PHILADELPHIA. PA – (December 9, 2019) – NBC Sports Philadelphia celebrates 10 years of the Shining Star Awards benefitting the March of Dimes on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Vie. Six amazing children from the Philadelphia area will be honored for overcoming amazing odds at birth, by members of the Philadelphia sports teams. The gala dinner raises money to support the March of Dimes mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.


The NBC Sports Philadelphia Shining Star Awards is one of the most unique and heartwarming events in Philadelphia. Six local children that have been impacted by the mission of the March of Dimes have been paired with a player from the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, Sixers and Union to receive a special experience with them, including attending a game.


Honorees and Players:

Claudia Farrant age 8 of Philadelphia, honored by Phillie Roman Quinn

Raylan and Westen Baldissero, age 6 of Bridgeton, NJ, honored by the Union’s Mark McKenzie

Brynn Gray, age 7 of Wilmington, DE, honored by Eagle Nelson Agholor

Mikhi Gindraw, age 10 of Philadelphia, honored by 76ers’ Kyle O’Quinn

Nathan Ponden, age 12, from Townsend, DE honored by Flyer Shayne Gostisbehere


At the event on January 9, the player and children are introduced to the audience, and a brief video shares the child’s heartwarming story and shows the interaction with their player. The child is then presented with their Shining Star Award from the player.


To learn more what makes the Shining Star Awards so special please watch this video.


The Shining Star Awards takes place on Thursday, January 9 at 5:30 pm at Vie located at 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. A limited number of tickets for the 10th anniversary gala are available at $200 each, and can be purchased at marchofdimes.org/shiningstarawards. For Sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Susan Elder at (484) 685-5838 or selder@marchofdimes.org.


Philadelphia is proud to be the home of one of six March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers, a network bringing the best and brightest minds together to work and share information. The March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania joins centers at Stanford University, the Ohio Collaborative, Washington University in St. Louis and the collaboration among the University of Chicago, Northwestern and Duke and the final center at Imperial College London, the first European partner to join the network. These March of Dimes Centers are bringing together more than 300 scientists, researchers and physicians that are pioneering a brand new way of doing “team science”, dedicated to examining, identifying and preventing the causes of preterm birth.


Funds raised at the event support the March of Dimes prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs, as well as advocacy efforts for moms and babies.  


About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned


1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Philadelphia Wings' Kevin Crowley records 300th career goal in home opener

Philadelphia Wings' Kevin Crowley records 300th career goal in home opener

Philadelphia Wings forward Kevin Crowley had more than just his team’s third consecutive win to celebrate Friday night. “The Big Cat,” as he’s called, recorded a major milestone Friday night, scoring his 300th career goal in the Wings' 18-10 win over the Vancouver Warriors. 

When asked about the play leading up to that goal, Crowley joked about the pass from teammate Josh Currier that resulted in his landmark achievement.

“Josh threw me that awful pass behind me and luckily I got a hold of it,” he said.

No. 300 wasn’t exactly on his mind at the time he netted the ball. Crowley, the Wings' captain, explained that not being fully aware of how close he was to that accomplishment added to his excitement when it was announced.

Earlier this week, Crowley did an interview on The John DeBella Show where he talked about the goals he sets for himself before going into a season.

“Personally, I have my goals," he said. "How many goals I want to score in a season, how many assists, how many points — but, realistically it’s about winning games and if I can hit my numbers, chances are that our team has a better chance to win."

Crowley’s performance against the Warriors was a clear testament to that. It even led to him being named one of three stars of the game. His 300th goal was one of three he tallied in the team's home opener along with two assists.

His efforts have helped the Wings to set a new franchise record with their three straight wins.