Voices from Philadelphia's athletic community on what it's like being a Philadelphian and a fan, and on what makes a community work

More Than a Game

Life Lessons from Philadelphia's Sports Community

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Eliot Shorr-Parks and Steve Parks

Anyone who has sat at the "Vet," watched a pick-up game, or played catch in the yard, knows that sports is more than a game in Philadelphia—it's a commitment to hard work, a belief in community values, and a tradition of never giving up.

Told through the personal experiences of professional athletes, community leaders, and everyday players, More Than a Game captures how sports build character and communities with each hit of the ball, catch of a touchdown pass, or dunk of the basketball.

Among those featured are Carlos Ruiz, Chris Pronger, Sonny Hill, Angelo Cataldi, Leonard Weaver, Tina Sloan Green, Ruben Amaro, Jr., Joe Banner, Alyson Goodner, Gary Cobb, Jim Ellis, Mayor Michael Nutter, Nicholas Bradley, Governor Edward Rendell, and Rami Ibrahim.

The perfect gift for the aspiring athlete, the community coach, or the supportive parent.

Distributed by Temple University Press for the New City Community Press


About the Author(s)

Eliot Shorr-Parks, a graduate of Temple University, is Associate Editor of New City Community Press. More Than a Game is his first book. He is currently working on a project focused on Philadelphia football. You can read his coverage of Eagles football on He is a life-long Philadelphia resident.

Steve Parks is an Associate Professor of Writing at Syracuse University and founder of New City Community Press ( His previous books include Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love and Class Politics: The Movement for a Students' Right To Their Own Language. He lives in Philadelphia with his family.

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Philadelphia Region
Urban Studies



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