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Magee Rehabilitation to Host Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Starting Friday, November 16, the Philadelphia area will host some of the most competitive wheelchair rugby players in the country.

Get Ready for the Beast of the East.

The "Beast" as it's known to the players, is a three day tournament featuring teams from Florida, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Washington DC, and Canada. And of course, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's own Magee Eagles will be there not to play, but to win.

Wheelchair Rugby is played by individuals who are quadriplegic on a basketball court with a volleyball. The rules are similar to hockey and basketball, making for a very fast-paced, high-contact game.

This year, the "Beast" will be held at Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford, New Jersey and games will take place during the following times:

Friday, Nov. 16, 2:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 17, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, Nov. 18, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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