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B-DAWK to keynote JCC Sports Award Dinner on Sept. 13


BRIAN DAWKINS…Eagles great coming to Cherry Hill JCC. BRIAN DAWKINS…Eagles great coming to Cherry Hill JCC. Brian Dawkins, former Philadelphia Eagles player and nine-time Pro Bowl participant, will be the keynote speaker at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill’s Seventh Annual Sports Award Dinner, presented by NFI and the Ravitz Family Foundation, on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

“Dawkins is such a well-respected alumni of the Philadelphia Eagles, and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to Cherry Hill to speak about his experiences and impact on the sports world during his time at Clemson University and the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Jeff Brown, event co-chair and representing presenting sponsor NFI.

“We are also thrilled to be honoring several deserving individuals for their contributions to athletics in our community.

This is such an important component of the evening and what so many attendees look forward to year after year,” added Jason Ravitz, event co-chair and representing presenting sponsor the Ravitz Family Foundation.

Dawkins joins the ranks of past keynote speakers, which include Donovan McNabb, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Aly Raisman, LeSean McCoy, Chip Kelly and Charles Barkley.

The JCC Sports Award Dinner is open to the public and recognizes community leaders who serve as positive role models to children, teens, and adults in South Jersey. Dawkins will speak about the inspiring impact that sports has had on his life and share some stories of his favorite moments of his football career. In addition, the event will honor three local Jewish community members who have made an impact in sports.

Dr. Merrick Wetzler is the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Wetzler was a participant in the JCC Maccabi Games in wrestling and rugby, and returned to his Maccabi roots as the medical co-chair when the Katz JCC hosted the JCC Maccabi Games in 2014. He has also served as the medical chair for the Maccabiah Games for the USA team for four sets of Games. Wetzler is an orthopedic surgeon with South Jersey Orthopedic Associates and has assisted in team medical coverage for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and Wings.

Haley Cohen is the recipient of this year’s David Back Memorial Maccabi Award. Cohen is a medal-winning tennis alumna of Team South Jersey’s Mid- Atlantic and JCC Maccabi Games delegations. She also competed and medaled at the Maccabiah Games in Israel. As an individual devoted to community service, she has volunteered her time to the Camden Boys & Girls Club and Aceing Autism. She is currently enrolled at Brandeis University, where she is a member of the women’s tennis team.

The People’s Choice Award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to sports within the local Jewish community. To nominate a worthy individual for this year’s People’s Choice Award, please visit www.katzjcc.org/sadnominee or email Brian Adler at badler@jfedsnj.org.

The JCC Sports Award Dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m., and includes dinner and dessert and a sports memorabilia auction in addition to Dawkins’ keynote address and awards to the three honorees. General admission tickets are $100, and patron ticket packages with reserved seating are also available.

Proceeds from the Sports Award Dinner will provide financial assistance and services for children of all ages and abilities. Services include youth sports leagues, nutrition counseling, wellness classes, obesity prevention and adaptive fitness and aquatics programs for those with special needs.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.katzjcc.org/sportsaward or call Nancy Caporusso (856) 424- 4444, ext. 1267. 

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