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Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Legion of Stars

Anchor of NBC Nightly News Lester Holt will emcee; special awards to Christian Slater, Wayne Newton, James L. Nederlander, Buzz Aldrin, and Mark Dalton; cast of the Smash Hit On Your Feet! will perform live at star-studded event at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, September 12

PrintNEW YORK, N.Y. (July 21, 2016)—A group of iconic sports legends and special honorees will be celebrated by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at its 31st Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on Monday, September 12 at The Waldorf Astoria.

The annual benefit, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, will honor New York Yankees great and World Series Champion Mariano Rivera, seven-time Grand Slam tennis title winner and fashion designer Venus Williams, NFL Hall of Fame and New York Jets running back Curtis Martin, New York Knicks legend and NBA Hall of Famer Willis Reed, four-time IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti, Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, two-time NCAA basketball champion and Olympic Gold medalist Cheryl Miller, and record-setting long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

Receiving special tribute that night will be Golden Globe winner Christian Slater, who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Award; Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton, who will receive The Humanitarian Award; James L. Nederlander, president of The Nederlander Organization, who will receive The Buoniconti Fund’s Outstanding Philanthropist Award, which will be presented by Gloria and Emilio Estefan; legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who will receive The Great American Icon Award; and Sports Legends event chairman Mark Dalton, who will receive the Christine E. Lynn Champion for a Cure Award.

NBC’s Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will serve as emcee and the cast of the smash hit Broadway musical On Your Feet! – The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan will perform live for a venerable “who’s who” of more than 1,300 sports legends, celebrities, philanthropists, corporate leaders, and other influential supporters.

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  raised millions 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.


Nick and Marc Buoniconti

“For more than 30 years, The Great Sports Legend Dinner has highlighted our incredible journey to raise funds and bring awareness to the groundbreaking, much-needed spinal cord injury research supporting our efforts to cure paralysis,” said Nick Buoniconti, who founded The Buoniconti Fund after his son, Marc, was paralyzed playing college football. “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 up for those who can’t.”

The “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include Muhammad Ali,  Michael Jordan, Willie Mays,  Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Tom Brokaw, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Phil Collins, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Cousy, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Andre Agassi, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Dorothy Hamill, Mia Hamm, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre, and many other athletes and heroes—all of who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

The 31st Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on Monday, September 12,will  begin at 5:30 p.m. at The Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, New York City. Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at 305-243-4656 or at http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/GSLD.

For more information about The Buoniconti Fund, visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com. To take part in the conversation on social media follow The Buoniconti Fund at facebook.com/cureparalysis, or Twitter and Instagram @BuonicontiFund using the hashtags #BuonicontiFund and #GSLD31.


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30th Great Sports Legends Dinner Raises $12M to Cure Paralysis

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A host of VIPs came together to raise money for The Buoniconti Fund for research and clinical trials aimed at curing paralysis.

MIAMI, Fla. (October 12, 2015) — Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders, and others joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and event chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold-out crowd in celebration of the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on October 6, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons who inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised more than $12 million for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Read the full story

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Sports Legends Dinner Celebrates 30 Years of Breakthroughs

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Sports Legends Dinner Celebrates 30 Years of Breakthroughs

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Nick and Mark Buoniconti, both UM trustees, will host the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner ion October 6.

Nick and Mark Buoniconti, both UM trustees, will host the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on October 6.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 25, 2015) — Thirty years after NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti promised his newly paralyzed son, Marc, they would see a cure for spinal cord injuries one day, father and son are ever-closer to that goal, thanks in large part to the 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner they’ll host next week in New York City.

Over the past 29 years, the Sports Legends Dinners have inspired and entertained to raise incalculable awareness and more than $100 million for groundbreaking spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

NBC News icon Tom Brokaw will emcee the high-profile event at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 6, when more than 1,300 celebrities and notables from entertainment, sports, and media will mark the 30th anniversary by recognizing a who’s who of sports legends and two couples who have used their talents to make a difference. This year, legends Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati, and Chip Ganassi will be honored along with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award, and Orianne and Phil Collins, who will receive the Humanitarian Award.

“Today there is tangible evidence through our groundbreaking clinical trials that a cure for paralysis is within our grasp,” said Nick Buoniconti, founder of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis who founded The Miami Project at the Miller School of Medicine with Barth A. Green, professor and chair of neurological surgery, after Marc’s 1985 college football injury. “We are honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures continue to help us stand up for those who cannot.”

Featuring live performances by The Beach Boys and Pointer Sisters, this year’s dinner is expected to raise millions more for The Miami Project’s research programs. The impressive roster of honorees join 300 other athletes and heroes who, over the past three decades, have been honored for raising awareness about injuries that paralyze millions worldwide and for raising funds for The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project. The world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, The Miami Project now stands at its most promising juncture.

More than 300 strong, Miami Project researchers, scientists, clinicians, and support staff are conducting or participating in more than eighteen clinical trials for spinal cord and brain injuries, and have more than a dozen clinical research studies underway, including the first FDA-approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, which is changing the spinal cord injury field and setting an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.

As Nick Buoniconti says, “For 30 years The Miami Project has provided real hope to those living with paralysis, and now that hope is turning into reality.”

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Propelled by Gratitude, Twice-Paralyzed Hockey Player Rides for The Miami Project

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Propelled by Gratitude, Twice-Paralyzed Hockey Player Rides for The Miami Project

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Surrounding Marc Buoniconti, seated, are, from left, Teague Egan, Tom Smith, Chris Smith, John McCarthy and Barth A. Green, M.D.

MIAMI, Fla. (May 28, 2015)— Tom Smith, a twice-paralyzed former hockey player, rode 2,100 miles from Massachusetts to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the Miller School of Medicine last month, concluding his 38-day Reality Ride Challenge to raise funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs, which he credit for his recovery.

“The Reality Ride Challenge is a testament to what great doctors and therapists can do for someone with paralysis,” said Smith. “My goal is to build this ride into a fundraising platform to help The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis expedite the process of finding a cure so that everyone in a wheelchair can have the same opportunity to recover that I had.”

Smith, a former patient of Barth A. Green, M.D., the chair of neurological surgery and co-founder of The Miami Project, was first paralyzed in August of 2008 during an intense hockey play but was able to walk again after receiving treatment and therapy at The Miami Project. A similar injury occurred at another hockey game in 2009. Upon recovering, Smith decided he wanted to give back. With the Reality Ride Challenge his team raised $100,000 for The Miami Project’s paralysis research programs.

“What Tom and his team have been able to accomplish through the Reality Ride on behalf of The Miami Project is nothing short of remarkable,”said Miami Project President Marc Buoniconti. “Their determination to make this a reality in order to help others devastated by paralysis is admirable and we are proud to call them our friends.”

The ride left from Boston on March 25, with each day consisting of  65 miles on a bicycle, two miles in a sitting wheelchair bike, and one mile walking. The ride, which traced Smith’s path from his accident in Massachusetts to his recovery at The Miami Project, was also a brutal test of physical endurance and mental fortitude.

At The Miami Project’s research facility, Buoniconti and Green led a welcoming party with dozens of well-wishers that included family, friends, and researchers.

The Reality Ride Challenge is symbolic for riding and walking for those who cannot, said Smith, who completed the distance with advisor Teague Egan and others who joined for segments along the way.

Smith said that he is a “living, breathing, walking example of how the world-class doctors, scientists, physical therapists and nurses at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis improve the daily lives of those living with paralysis.”

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An Unbreakable Bond Makes World Debut at Miami International Film Festival

By Scott Roy
Special to UM News


At the film debut, from left, Tom Brokaw, Barth Green, M.D., Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, and Bob Costas.

MIAMI, Fla. (March 14, 2014)—A star-studded roster of attendees came out for the world debut of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by Emilio Estefan that documents the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and their nearly three-decade struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.  Read the full story

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