Public Invited to Michael Braxton’s
Road to Rio Fundraiser on April 29
Event supports injured ACPD detective’s journey to the 2016 Paralympic Games
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 22, 2016) —Michael Braxton is an amputee athlete with an inspiring story. To help him get to the finish line, the public is invited to Michael Braxton’s Road to Rio Fundraiser. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar inside Tropicana Atlantic City. Tickets are $25 at the door, and attendees will enjoy complimentary food and one free beer or soft drink, courtesy of Tropicana.
June 9, 2013 was a life-altering day for Atlantic City Police Department (ACPD) Detective Michael Braxton. While riding with fellow motorcyclists, he had to perform an evasive maneuver and drop his bike in the roadway to avoid a collision with an automobile. As a result, Braxton suffered a catastrophic injury to his left leg, which had to be amputated below the knee.
Through rigorous physical rehab and training, Braxton was able to return to full duty at the ACPD, and he didn’t stop there. The determined detective then set his sights on competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games this summer in Rio De Janiero, Brazil.
Disabled Sports USA is an organization that aids the most severely injured by involving them in adaptive sports. Through their Warfighter Sports program, they serve severely injured military with permanent physical disabilities such as amputation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments and significant nerve and muscle damage.
The equipment and travel required to race and train on the International Paralympic level is extremely expensive. Funds raised at the April 29 event will support Braxton in his dream to compete in a series of events across the country, eventually securing a spot on the United States Paralympic Team.
“On behalf of Tropicana Atlantic City, we are proud to continue to support Disabled Sports USA and their mission of rehabilitating and introducing injured warriors to adaptive sports,” said Steve Callender, General Manager of Tropicana Atlantic City. “Michael Braxton’s story in particular is humbling and truly inspiring.”
A special thank you to event sponsors Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar; the South Jersey Chapter of Disabled Sports USA; ShopRite; New Jersey State PBA Local 24; and Atlantic Accounting Associates.
Donations for Mike Braxton’s “Road To Rio” fundraiser may be sent to:
DSUSA SJ Chapter
1550 New Rd. Ste B
Northfield, NJ 08225-1106
About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely injured warfighters in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served warfighters, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence, and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Our local chapter (DSUSA- SJ Chapter) was formed by several veterans and veteran advocates to bring adaptive sports to local disabled vets, rebuilding lives through sports.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member. Since 2003, more than 6,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.disabledsports.org, ‘click on’ “programs”, then “Warfighter Sports.”
About Tropicana Atlantic City
Tropicana Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring 2,079 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as a “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City. In spring 2015 Tropicana underwent a $50 million renovation, which includes its spectacular Multimedia Light and Sound Show, the addition of AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness and renovations to its North Tower hotel rooms and casino. Must be 21. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. For more information, visit the official Web site at www.tropicana.net or:
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About Tropicana Entertainment
Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB: TPCA) is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 7,166 employees, 5,525 rooms, 8,035 slot positions and 304 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tropicana is a majority-owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP). To learn more about Tropicana, visit www.Tropicanacasinos.com.