U.S. Open Honors Philadelphia Sports Congress


Brea Stanko (Marketing Manager of Sports Congress) left, with Larry Needle (Executive Director of Philadelphia Sports Congress) middle left, Kevin Klipstein  (CEO of US Squash) middle right and David Montgomery (President & CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies and Chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress) far right (Image: Steve Line)

This evening at the U.S. Open, representatives from the Philadelphia Sports Congress, including Executive Director Larry Needle, David Montgomery, President & CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies and Chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, and Brea Stanko, Marketing Manager of Philadelphia Sports Congress, were honored on the ASB GlassCourt.

SH_4907Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB),  attracts major sporting events and conventions to the Philadelphia area, and has been instrumental in bringing the U.S. Open to Drexel University and the Philadelphia-area. 

The PSC and its members were presented with a plaque by US Squash CEO, Kevin Klipstein, for their dedicated support and service to US Squash and the U.S. Open. 

Klipstein said, “When we first had the idea to move the U.S. Open to Philadelphia,  one of the first people we talked to was Larry Needle.” Klipstein continued, “From the beginning, Larry and his staff were incredibly supportive, encouraging, and helped build our relationship with the city of Philadelphia.”

Klipstein expressed his and the organization’s gratitude toward the Philadelphia Sports Congress, for their early support of the U.S. Open, helping the event succeed for the past four years, and for their future support in helping US Squash put on the first $1 million prize money event in the world—just as US Squash was the first event to provide equal prize money for men and women. 

Needle, too, took the microphone saying, “Squash is so important to us and we thank you, Drexel, and John [John Fry, President of Drexel University] for making this event possible.”