Great Sports Legends Dinner
|Monday, September 24, 2018
33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner
New York Hilton Midtown
New York, New York
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The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, honored an unparalleled group of Hall of Famers, Gold Medalists, World Champions and philanthropists in front of a crowd of over 1,300 supporters tonight at the New York Hilton Midtown, raising millions toward spinal cord injury research during the 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner Presented by Tudor Group.
Among all the star athletes and celebrities who were honored or who attended, one particular Hall of Famer stood out for special tribute: the legendary Miami Dolphins linebacker Nick Buoniconti, who established The Miami Project and Buoniconti Fund following his son Marc being paralyzed in a college football game.
The Great Sports Legends Dinner, hosted by Nick and Marc, honored legendary designated hitter and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox David “Big Papi” Ortiz, five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Basketball 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, six-time tennis Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Abby Wambach.
“For 32 years the Great Sports Legend Dinner has supported a singular essential mission, finding a cure for paralysis,” said Marc Buoniconti. “The event has raised funds and awareness for ground-breaking, much-needed spinal cord injury research, as well as cutting-edge treatment and service 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.”
Sports Legends Alumni include Michael Jordan, Willie Mays, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tony Hawk, Tommy Lee Jones, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Mariano Rivera, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Lenny Wilkens, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Kelly Slater, Phil Collins, Joe Torre, Maya Angelou, Andre Agassi, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Brokaw, and many other athletes and heroes – all of whom recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.