A lot has happened in sports in Philly this year. It’s almost too much for one list. We could do a list for just Eagles injuries and we’d crack double figures. And so, we did our best. From the NFL Draft to the NBA trade deadline, from Carson Wentz's torn ACL to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons playing for the first time together, here are the 17 most memorable sports moments in Philly this year.
Protests in Philly seemed to be on the rise in 2016, but 2017 brought even more. It ushered in a new era for activists in the city. Motivated by the election of President Donald Trump, protests and demonstrations erupted on a near-daily basis at the beginning of the year. Women, immigrants, voters and social justice advocates made lots of important noise in 2017. Here are five of the year’s top moments in resistance.
The Mummers parade is still on. For now. City officials said Thursday, via 6ABC, they will continue to monitor the forecast but plan to hold the January 1 parade as planned. There was talk of postponing the parade for the first time in 15 years, but set up will continue Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the frigid temperatures, with the parade set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in front of City Hall.
Former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge Willie Singletary went to prison for lying to the FBI. So of course he’s running for Congress. In a video announcing his candidacy, Singletary said, “Yes, I’ve made some mistakes, some of which I am not proud of.” Does that mean there are some he is proud of? In 2013, he was charged in a ticket-fixing scheme that cost the state and city hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2012, he resigned from his post after a court employee complained he showed her photos of his genitals. Singletary's lawyer came to his defense by referencing former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, saying "voters are forgiving people." Oh, and there’s more.
Immanuel Lutheran School has closed and is hosting a free giveaway for leftover educational materials. There are thousands of books, plus some games, puzzles and office supplies. Register online in advance here, then bring up to four bags to take away what you can haul (two bags of books and two bags of other supplies, max). Donations to the host church will be accepted, but are not required.
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church at 1015 Cottman Ave., 19111
When: December 30, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free, registration required