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15 April 2009

Ahora, Desportes!

Hey, all. Just wanted to alert you to my column in the Metro today about former Flyers captain Keith Primeau having donated his brain, post-death, to the Sports Legacy Institute's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy to further their study of concussions and potentially debilitating effects thereof.
Maybe I'm just brain-centric these days, but talk about a bold move, especially when you consider that the trauma from repetitive head injuries likely played a role in driving Andre Waters to an early grave ...
Said Primeau: “When you lived through as much as I have, there has to be valuable information associated with my brain.”

... as well as a reminder about Magee Rehab's Night of Champions, which has attracted yet another athlete to its guest list. (Selling point for those on the fence about buying tickets for the worthwhile event: Brian Dawkins sent, to my house, a signed Broncos T-shirt and I'm obligated to hand it over to the auction committee.)

Super Bowl Champ and Philly son Raheem Brock added to list of local sports celebrities attending Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Night of Champions Event on May 8
Raheem Brock, the starting Defense Tackle of the Super Bowl XLI Champion Indianapolis Colts and a Philadelphia native, will be joining other celebrities from the Philadelphia sports world, including Jon Runyan, Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro, Billy Cunningham, Fran Dunphy, Mike Mamula, Scott Palmer, Joe Conklin and Brian Propp at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Ninth Annual Night of Champions held on May 8. The event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will once again be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall at 1301 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. (MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT)
Brock grew up in the Germantown section of Philly, was a stand-out, four letter athlete at Dobbins AVT High School, and played football for Temple University where earned All-Big East Conference Second Team honors. He was drafted by the Colts in 2002 and has compiled 365 tackles, 25 sacks, 12 forced fumbles and 13 fumble recoveries in his career.
The Night of Champions event includes dinner, raffle prizes and auctions of autographed sports memorabilia, exclusive gifts, restaurant certificates, getaway weekends, and travel packages. All funds benefit Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer. Magee’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call 215-587-3090 or visit


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