Since 1996, the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana has hosted an annual “Visions of Victory” Gala event. This event takes place every spring in downtown Indianapolis and averages around 400 people in attendance. The gala is held to create awareness for adaptive sports and to provide support to the RHI Sports Program’s mission.
Each year a very accomplished Paralympic/adaptive sports athlete is brought in to be presented with the RHI Sports Victory Award for their achievements and to share their story to inspire our athletes and others. The event includes dinner, a large silent auction, and is casino night themed. For more information on this event including sponsorship possibilities, please contact the RHI Sports office at 317-329-2281.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Murat Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
502 N. New Jersey St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
5:30pm – Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00pm – Dinner and Victory Award Winner Presentation (See Below)
8:15pm – Casino Games, Prizes, and Silent Auction
2013 Victory Award Winner
Andy Cohn, US Quad Rugby Team Member
Wheelchair rugby, nicknamed “Murderball,” is a full contact sport that transforms wheelchairs into fully-armored athletic equipment. In his words, Andy Cohn’s sport “not only allows smashing your chair into people as hard as you can, it encourages it!”
Cohn, the San Diego Hall of Champions’ 2012 Challenged Athlete of the Year, is one of San Diego’s most decorated athletes of any discipline. Proof that good things come in threes, this three-time Paralympic Games medalist, three-time World Championship medalist and three-time National Champion has accrued an impressive collection of team awards along with receiving multiple MVP and other individual awards. Cohn has been featured in a myriad of media outlets including the academy award nominated documentary “Murderball,” “Larry King Live,” “MTV’s Jackass,” and “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins.” He’s spoken to groups ranging from elementary school children to U.S. legislators championing the abilities of the disabled and is a past winner of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration award.
He serves as a coach and mentor to children with disabilities for the San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation and works with injured servicemen and women returning home to use rugby as a means to recovery.
Although already the most decorated USA wheelchair rugby player ever, he isn’t done yet. “My goal is to continue to be part of Team USA for years to come. There is nothing that motivates me more than representing my country and reveling in the pride of seeing ‘U.S.A’ on my jersey. Winning is always a motivation but so is traveling the world, meeting new people and enjoying living life through this sport,” Cohn said.”
To see Andy’s US Paralympic Bio, please CLICK HERE
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