Buoniconti Fund’s 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner
Presented By Tudor Group
 

2017 Sports Legends and Honorees with Nick and Marc Buoniconti

An iconic group of Sports Legends, Hall of Famers, Gold Medalists, World Champions, and Honorees were recognized by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, at its 32nd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner presented by Tudor Group on Monday, September 25 at The New York Hilton Midtown Hotel.

The premier event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc and chaired by Mark Dalton, honored 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, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end and linebacker for the Miami Dolphins 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.

NBC Sports personality Bob Costas helped The Buoniconti Fund pay tribute to NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France and Amy France, received The Outstanding Philanthropists Award; television personality and victim rights activist John Walsh, was presented with The Inspiration Award; renowned Brazilian artist and activist Romero Britto, who received The Humanitarian Award; and former Miami Dolphin and longtime Buoniconti Fund champion Dick Anderson, accepted The Buoniconti Fund Award.


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Simone Biles and Nick Buoniconti

Terry and Marc Buoniconti with Romero Britto


John Walsh, Gloria Estefan, Marc Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan and David “Big Papi” Ortiz


Bob Costas

David “Big Papi” Ortiz and Marc Buoniconti


Helio Castroneves

Jason Taylor and Alonzo Mourning


David “Big Papi” Ortiz, Dr. Barth Green and John Walsh

Simone Biles and Mark Dalton


Chicago


Abby Wambach, Marc Buoniconti and Kim Clijsters

Dick Anderson and Richard Gray


Dr. and Mrs. Edward Abraham, Simone Biles and Swanee DiMare

Gloria and Emilio Estefan


Emerson Fittipaldi and Scott Dixon

Shane Battier with Madeleine and Micky Arison


Alonzo Mourning

Bob Beamon and Gary Hall


Bob Costas and Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard

Amy and Brian France


Shane Battier

Dr. Julio Frenk, University of Miami President, and Dr. Eugene Sayfie


Nellie Biles, Simone Biles, Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard and Suzie Sayfie


Simone Biles and Bob Costas

Andre Dawson and Scott Erickson


Romero Britto

Simone Biles


David “Big Papi” Ortiz with Emma and Scott Dixon

Jason Taylor with Nick and Marc Buoniconti


Tracy and Alonzo Mourning

Bob Costas

This year’s event served as a launch for the publication of Undefeated: From Tragedy to Triumph, a candid, compelling and inspiring memoir by Marc Buoniconti recounting his days as an admittedly reckless youth and teen to the day his world changed after a paralyzing football injury while in college and how he has dedicated his life since to helping others, and to finding a cure for paralysis. A book signing with Marc Buoniconti is scheduled for Books & Books in Coral Gables on Wednesday, October 25th at 8PM.

For more information about The Buoniconti Fund, please visit: www.TheBuonicontiFund.com or call 888-STAND-UP. To take part in the conversation on social media follow us at facebook.com/cureparalysis, or twitter.com/BuonicontiFund, using the hashtags #SportsLegendsDinnerand #BuonicontiFund