Palace to Host 9th Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Thursday, Sept. 23

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

RIM's 9th annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball game will take place Thursday, Sept. 23 at The Palace beginning at 6 p.m.
Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) will host its 9th Annual Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This unique, one-of-a-kind fundraiser supports the wheelchair sports program at RIM.

The game features Detroit’s favorite sports celebrities and radio and television personalities, who compete in wheelchairs along with RIM’s award-winning wheelchair basketball team, the Detroit Diehards.

This year’s participants include TV and film star Bruce Campbell. Campbell currently plays Sam Axe on USA network's hit series, Burn Notice and has starred in the Evil Dead movies. Campbell, is a Michigan native.

Hoping to coach his team to a victory this year is Jonas Jerebko from the Detroit Pistons. Assisting him courtside will be original Piston’s Bad Boy, John Long and NFL Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lion, Lem Barney. Also scheduled to appear are local recording artists Karen Newman and rapper Trick, Trick. FOX 2’s Deena Centofanti makes a return appearance to the court as well as WXYZ’s Erin Nicole. Also many of your favorite on-air talents from WJLB, KISS-FM, Hot 102.7, WCHB and WGPR will take to the court.

All proceeds from the Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game benefit RIM’s SportsAbility program which provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to compete in competitive and recreational sports.

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit www.celebritywheelchairbasketball.com.

RIM is appreciative of local sponsors such as CareTech Solutions, Inc., AdvisaCare, Detroit Athletic Club, Cisco Systems, and the Yaksich family, for their generosity and support.

DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan is one of the nation’s largest hospitals specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Institute is home to many innovative programs, including the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMTBIS), one of only 16 federally designated centers of excellence in the U.S. for the treatment of brain injuries, and the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery, a world-class facility designed to implement and study innovative treatments in spinal cord injury recovery. RIM is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The DMC is proud to be the Official Healthcare Services Provider of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Pistons.