Philly to host civic-minded sports summit

Philadelphia will hit the international stage this September.

Mayor Michael Nutter, surrounded by former Philadelphia Eagles and administrators, as well as former 76er Dikembe Mutombo, announced Wednesday that Philadelphia will host the 2013 International Beyond Sport Summit & Awards.

“The city of Philadelphia is honored to host the summit and supports its global and noble issues,” Nutter said.

The event, which will take place Sept. 9 through 11, was last held in the U.S. in 2010.

It debuted four years ago and uses sports figures to promote the use of sports to address social issues.

Previous participants include David Beckham and Muhammad Ali. This year’s guests have not yet been announced.

Does holding an event of this caliber prove Philadelphia can host larger undertakings, such as a Super Bowl?

“Philadelphia is an incredible city and we have shown over the years that we’ve been able to host all kinds of major sporting and entertainment events,” Eagles co-owner Christina Weiss-Lurie said.

Weiss-Lurie, who heads the Eagles Youth Partnership, said Lincoln Financial Field has played host to “sell-out concerts, international soccer matches, lacrosse championships and many other events.”

“So we’re excited about having Beyond Sport in Philadelphia and showcasing our great community and our stadiums on an international level,” she said.



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