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Philadelphia, Pa.-- As one of the area’s leading providers of rehabilitation therapy, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital knows how important physical activity is for those with physical disabilities, but that it’s hard to find activities.

So, to help raise awareness for Magee’s wheelchair sports programs, The Magee Eagles rugby team and the Magee Sixers will be demonstrating their sports at the annual Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival, on Saturday, April 25, at Radnor High School (Radnor, Pa.). The Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival raises funds and awareness for spinal cord injury causes.

The Magee wheelchair athletes will scrimmage for about twenty minutes, and then members of the audience will be invited to get into the wheelchairs and play against the rugby and basketball teams. 

The rugby demonstration is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., and basketball is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.  Magee’s wheelchair sports teams have earned a tremendous reputation and travel throughout the United States, participating in a variety of tournaments and public demonstrations of their skills.

Teams consist of wheelchair users who have experienced a variety of injuries and illnesses, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, among others, and include the following sports: Magee “Eagles” Wheelchair Rugby, Magee Sixers Spokesmen Wheelchair Basketball (Division II and III teams), Magee Freedoms Wheelchair Tennis and the Magee “Kixx” Power Wheelchair Soccer.

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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