Buoniconti dinner raises $3M for spinal cord research

NEW YORK -- More than $3 million was raised at a dinner to honor former Citadel football player Marc Buoniconti, who was paralyzed while making a tackle in 1985.

Buoniconti honored celebrities such as Lance Armstrong, Patrick
Ewing and Norman Schwartzkopf on Monday at the 21st Annual Great
Sports Legends Dinner. More than 1,300 people attended the event in
support of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

"In the not-too-distant future, people in wheelchairs will be
walking because of what we're doing. Together, we will be able to
look back and smile and say, 'It's about time.' " Buoniconti said.

Other honorees were tennis star Michael Chang, baseball Hall of
Famer Wade Boggs, former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith
and former All-Pro NFL receiver Michael Irvin.

Buoniconti has recently reconciled with The Citadel, which plans
to honor him Sept. 30 when the Bulldogs play Chattanooga.

The Buoniconti Fund supports the Miami Project, the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center based at the University of Miami.