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Pittsburgh Penguins Coach Joins MDA Muscle Team

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma

2012 Guy Buzzelli Jr. Champion of Spirit Award 
Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Dan Bylsma has been named the 2012 Guy Buzzelli Jr. Champion of Spirit Award recipient by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Bylsma will receive the award at the 2012 Muscle Team event, presented by Duquesne Light on Thursday, March 8 at Heinz Field.
“I am honored to be the 2012 recipient of The Guy Buzzelli Jr. Champion of Spirit Award,” said Bylsma. “I am grateful to be recognized for such a distinguished accolade in the City of Champions. My family and I are excited to participate in this year’s Muscle Team event.”
The award was initiated in 2007 to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Guy Buzzelli Jr., an individual in the southwestern Pennsylvania area who made an astounding difference in the Pittsburgh community while raising awareness in the fight against neuromuscular diseases.
“On behalf of everyone here at Duquesne Light, congratulations to Dan Bylsma for receiving this year’s Guy Buzzelli Jr. Champion of Spirit Award,” said Lisa Minor, Duquesne Light’s senior community relations specialist. “In addition to being a great coach, Dan does so much for our community. Reasons such as these are why Duquesne Light is proud to support the Muscle Team event and MDA.”
On the night of the event, Bylsma will be paired with a local child affected by a neuromuscular disease. The evening will consist of interactive games, live and silent auctions featuring unique sports memorabilia, and a variety of food and beverage stations.
The eighth annual Pittsburgh Muscle Team® will raise money for local families living with neuromuscular disease to aid in the cost of support groups, durable equipment repairs, clinic visits and summer camp. Proceeds also will benefit research seeking better treatments and cures for a variety of muscle diseases, including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
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