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Vince Papale added to list of local sports celebrities attending Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Night of Champions Event on May 9

Vince Papale will be joining othe celebrities from the Philadelphia sports world, including Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro, Billy Cunningham, Fran Dunphy, Mike Mamula, and Brian Propp at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Eighth Annual Night of Champions held on May 9 at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall (doors open at 6:30pm).

In 1976, at the age of 30, Vince tried out for the Philadelphia Eagles, made the team, and became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL. He still holds that record! He was with the Eagles for four seasons as a wide receiver before a shoulder injury ended his career in 1979. While active, he was voted special teams captain by his teammates. In 2007 he was voted the most outstanding special teams player in the 75-year history of the Eagles. Vince also was voted "Man of the Year" by the Eagles in 1978 for his many charitable activities.

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 Community Program Fund, which supports programs at the Hospital that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve their quality of lives. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer, peer mentoring, and ThinkFirst - an injury prevention program that visits area schools and encourages students to make smart decisions.

The Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall is located at 1301 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. (MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT)

A founding member of the Jefferson Health System, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital is the Philadelphia region's first rehab hospital. Along with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Magee Rehabilitation is one of 14 federally designated model Regional Spinal Cord Injury Centers. Magee Rehabilitation is also home to the nation's first brain injury rehab program to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Celebrating its 50th year in operation in 2008, the hospital is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war.

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