Fran Dunphy to receive Magee’s 2019 Humanitarian Award

Lauded for his Support of Magee Patients, Champion for Individuals with Disabilities and Dedication to Charitable Causes

(L-R) Fran Dunphy with Trey Lowe, former Temple basketball player; and Adam Taliaferro, former Magee patient and advocate for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

(November 4 ,2019) Magee Rehabilitation Hospital announced today that legendary Philadelphia Big 5 basketball coach, Fran Dunphy, is the recipient of its 2019 Humanitarian Award, which will be presented Tuesday, November 19 at The Logan Hotel. The Magee Rehabilitation Hospital Humanitarian Award recognizes those who contribute positively to the Philadelphia community and are dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities in the region.

Dunphy has been a longtime supporter of Magee and active in many Magee events and activities for more than a decade, including Magee’s Night of Champions and the Jerry Segal Classic. Dunphy is the all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history, and was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in April 2019. His basketball coaching career concluded with 580 wins, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, and most importantly an immeasurable impact on young men. An educator on and off the court, Dunphy taught for 12 years in Temple’s prestigious Fox School of Business and has served as a lecturer in the Wharton Executive Education program and in the management department of the Wharton School. He is one of the leaders in the local Coaches vs. Cancer program and serves on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Philadelphia’s Board of Directors. Dunphy is also a member of the Philadelphia CYO Hall of Fame.

 “We are pleased to recognize our longtime friend and supporter, Fran Dunphy, with Magee’s Humanitarian Award. He is truly one of the most humble leaders in college athletics and the Philadelphia community,” said Ron Siggs, Senior Vice President of Development, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. “Fran has quietly visited many Magee patients to raise spirts and provide support in what is often the most challenging time in their lives. He exhibits a positive, selfless nature that makes our world a better place indeed.”


The Magee Rehabilitation Humanitarian Award Dinner honoring Fran Dunphy will raise funds for patient programs and services at Magee.

Past recipients of the Humanitarian Award include former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, former PA Governor Ed Rendell and retired NFL head coach Dick Vermeil.

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