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Sports Luminaries Andre Agassi, Jerry Rice, Scottie Pippen, Helio Castrovenes, Richard 'Goose' Gossage Among Those Named 2008 'Great Sports Legends'
Date:7/17/2008

ammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman and Carmen Basilio

-- Gabrielle Reece -- American professional volleyball player, sports presenter and former fashion model

This spectacular annual event is expected to sell out to over 1,300 guests and raise millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, which will include a live auction of one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and other unique items.

"Each year we are honored by the presence of the most elite athletes in sports," says Nick Buoniconti, founder of The Buoniconti Fund and defensive captain of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. "This year's group of honorees represent such a high caliber of sports, we are truly thrilled that they will be joining us for yet another spectacular event. We have made significant steps this year towards finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. That's why we keep doing this."

Over the past two decades, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored 337 of the world's greatest athletes and individuals. They are recognized for their contributions to the world of sports and acknowledged for their commitment to high ethical standards, to their community, worthy causes and achievements as positive role models. Their participation has helped raise more than $40 million for The Miami Project's spinal cord injury research programs. Former honorees include Earvin "Magic" Johnson, John Elway, Mark Messier, Gary Player, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Jack Nicklaus, Gloria Estefan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Ewing, Walter Cronkite, Mia Hamm, Dan Marino and Joe DiMaggio.

In 1985, Barth A. Green, MD and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick's son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world's largest, most compreh
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