MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tony Dungy, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the historic winning Super Bowl Coach who led the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI will be honored with the coveted Pat Summerall Award at the Legends for Charity® Dinner on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Minneapolis. The dinner which will be held at The Hyatt Regency downtown Minneapolis, the National Football League's headquarters benefits ®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. KBR will return as the Championship Sponsor of the dinner.
Dungy led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, a first for an African American head coach. He established another NFL first by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years. He joined the Colts as their Head Coach in 2002 coming from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he was considered their most successful head coach in the team's history. He retired from coaching in 2009 and now serves as an analyst for NBC's Football Night in America. He becomes the 13th recipient of the Pat Summerall Award, named in honor of the late legendary broadcaster known for many years as the voice of the NFL.
"I grew up as a kid watching Pat Summerall broadcast NFL games," said Tony Dungy. "He was the gold standard as a broadcaster, but more importantly, as a person. That's why it is such an honor to be the latest recipient of the Pat Summerall Award. It is extra special to receive it in Minnesota, a place where I went to college and also where our family has such great memories of my time as an Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Vikings. My family and I look forward to attending this event at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February."
"We are incredibly honored that Tony Dungy will be receiving the prestigious Pat Summerall Award during the annual Legends for Charity dinner benefiting St. Jude during Super LII, the biggest week in professional sports," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Coach Dungy has been a beloved mentor to athletes and fellow broadcasters and has made a significant difference in the lives of children, adults and other athletes through his active involvement and extraordinary leadership with various charitable endeavors. He exemplifies the true meaning of what this award was created to represent, which is why he is so deserving of an award and honor of this magnitude."
For more information, please visit www.legendsforcharity.com.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude) and following us on Twitter (@stjude).
About Legends for Charity
Legends for Charity® is an annual national event held during Super Bowl Weekend to present The Pat Summerall Award to a deserving broadcaster. Created by Cheryl DeLeonardis of Ocean 2 Ocean Productions, it is annually held at the prestigious NFL headquarters hotel and celebrates national sports legends while raising awareness and has raised close to five million dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Since its inception more than thirteen years ago, it has become a cornerstone event during the biggest weekend in professional sports earning eight national Telly Awards and opening the world of sports broadcasters to the mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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