Abby Wambach to be honored at 32nd annual Great Sports Legends DinnerEntertainment News, Online Only, Section 4A, Top Highlights Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
NEW YORK, N.Y. — FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach will be among an iconic group of Sports Legends, Hall of Famers, Gold Medalists, World Champions and honorees to be recognized by The Buoniconti Fund at its 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner Monday, Sept.25 at The New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.
The premier event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, will also honor legendary designated hitter and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox David “Big Papi” Ortiz, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, NBA Hall of Famer and former Miami Heat forward Alonzo Mourning, Hall of Fame defensive end and linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets Jason Taylor, four-time IndyCar Racing Champion Scott Dixon and six-time tennis Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters.
“For over 31 years the Great Sports Legend Dinner has supported a singular essential mission, finding a cure for paralysis,” said Buoniconti Fund Founder Nick Buoniconti. “This event has raised funds and awareness for ground-breaking, much-needed spinal cord injury research, as well as cutting-edge treatment programs. We’re honored to have the generosity and participation of so many iconic athletes and heroes who join us in providing hope for those living with paralysis, so together we can stand as one.”
The event, which is chaired by Mark Dalton, benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project, a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has helped The Buoniconti Fund raise more than $350 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through the research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again.
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