The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) announces “An Evening with Champions,” a benefit dinner on October 27 featuring groundbreaking American Muslim athletes. Proceeds from the benefit will go to IMANA, a nonprofit organization that focuses on medical relief worldwide.

The event will feature stories of two American Muslim athletes in particular: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American woman to compete in Olympics in hijab, and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, the former Denver Nuggets player known for continually standing up for his beliefs.  Muhammad was the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States. Abdul-Rauf was third overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft and twice led the league in free throw percentage.

“It is an honor to stand side by side with these athletes who have made it their personal mission to strive for equality and acceptance,” said Akrama Hashmi, IMANA Managing Director. “Our organization strives for equity in health care across the globe, and their support will help us make a bigger impact.”

The dinner event will include a meet and greet, autographs, and a live auction. Items for auction include a sabre signed by Muhammad and a basketball signed by Abdul-Rauf.

“An Evening with Champions” begins at 6:30 p.m. and will take place at the Solon Country Club in Solon, Ohio. For more information, please contact IMANA Headquarters at 630.932.0000 or email [email protected].

Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) is the largest Muslim healthcare organization in North America. Established in 1967, it is now over 50 years old and has over 4,500 members nationwide. IMANA is a leading resource and network for American Muslim physicians, dentists, and other healthcare professionals. IMANA Medical Relief (IMR) undertakes medical relief work worldwide; its volunteers travel around the globe to treat people after natural disasters, in conflict zones and in underdeveloped regions. To learn more, visit