The greatest names in sports and entertainment will come together to celebrate the 26th anniversary of Sports Spectacular to benefit the world-renowned Medical Genetics Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on May 22.
Snoop Dogg, John Salley and Jim Hill will host the annual gala dinner and silent auction which honors the country’s top sports stars in an effort to combat genetic birth defects. This year’s honorees include NBA Star Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn, NFL Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan. More than 1,800 prominent sports figures, entertainers, and business, civic and community leaders will be on hand to support and raise funds for children suffering from genetic birth defects. Sports Spectacular has raised more than $20 million to benefit the life-saving work of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute.
Sports Spectacular was established in 1986 in response to the promise of genetic research leading to the understanding of numerous genetic diseases found in children as well as adults. Since that time, Sports Spectacular has raised more than $20 million to benefit the life-saving work of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute. The Institute’s focus is to provide expert consultation and cutting edge research to find new and improved methods of diagnosis, prevention and treatment for all types of genetic disorders, including mental retardation, dwarfism, cystic fibrosis, deafness and malformation syndromes, as well as common diseases of adulthood, such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The event also benefits the Sports Spectacular Fellowship Endowment, which supports the training of five research Fellows in various medical fields at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles on May 22.