Football, food, Franklin Field and philanthropy showcased in Philly

Article by Louis Bolling (April 26, 2017). Retrieved from Huffingtonpost.com.

This week, the City of Philadelphia will play host to citizens of the world and legions of fans of the wide-worlds of the NFL, track-and-field, and Caribbean food.

An estimated 200,000 people will participate in what is being billed as one of the National Football League’s greatest fan experiences, the NFL Draft Experience, produced to date. Philadelphia officials state 156,000 fans signed up by March to attend draft related events taking place throughout the city, triple the 48,000 fans that did the same for NFL Draft  in Chicago last year.  

Officials anticipate generating $80 million in local economic impact, from the draft, including direct and indirect spending, such as on food and beverage, lodging, retail shopping, local transportation, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses.

“There was no better way to highlight the city of Philadelphia than to showcase some of its most iconic venues – from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to the Franklin Institute,” NFL communications director, Kamran Mumtaz, told the Associated Press.

The 82nd NFL draft is returning to its birthplace for the first time since 1961, coinciding with the 123-year-old Penn Relay Carnival and the Young Caribbean Professional Network’s famous Caribbean Cuisine Week, an annual dining-out event that engages Philadelphia’s finest restaurants. In a fun-filled week of food, music and community service, a portion of each meal’s proceeds goes towards helping hundreds of disadvantaged Caribbean students participate in the Penn Relays.  

“Philadelphia is a global city and was recently named the first U.S. World Heritage Site,” Rob DeAbreu told Philly Grub last year. “This event is an opportunity for our great chefs to draw on the international flavors that influence their creativity, and to give back to the community.”

The St. Kitts native, and owner of Sabriná’s Cafe,  is a proud co-founder of Caribbean Cuisine Week and lead sponsor of the initiative. All five of his locations are participating this year.

More than 300,000 visitors will be in Philadelphia this week. The Penn Relays is the largest annual track-and-field meet in the United States, drawing approximately 115,000 visitors to the City of Brotherly Love each year. Over the past 25 years, the Relays have had a $360 million economic impact on the region.
 

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