James J. Maguire, Jr. The Maguire Foundation and Philadelphia Insurance Companies

James J. Maguire, Jr.

SportsZone Lead Underwriters

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. James Maguire, Jr., Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and The Maguire Foundation, SportsZone will inspire visitors to discover how sport connects the science of the human body, laws of motion, and technical innovation. One of the most popular exhibits at the Institute, Sports Challenge was last fully renovated in 2000. The Institute aims to renovate each exhibit once a decade—in that time more than ten million people pass through the Institute’s doors. That’s a lot of soccer balls kicked into the net in Sports Challenge, and a lot of baseballs pitched!

James Maguire, Jr., chairman of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, is a member of the Board of Trustees at The Franklin Institute. Health and wellness education have long been priorities for Mr. Maguire and the Maguire family, and the new exhibit encourages visitors to investigate how sport can help them to be more active and how much energy the body needs based on activity level and basic physiology.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) is the presenting sponsor of the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, which benefits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training, the Organization for Autism Research, and Alex's Lemonade Stand. The organization’s main charitable giving vehicle has donated more than $14 million to various causes since 1980. PHLY is committed to giving back to the community, and to health and wellness education at all levels. Bob O’Leary, CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Companies describes, “At PHLY, we are passionate about helping people understand how our bodies process food and how exercise can change our physiology.” James Maguire, Jr. explains, “It’s so important to give people the resources they need to make informed decisions, and The Franklin Institute can do that in a fun and engaging way.”

The Maguires’ legacy of philanthropy began with James Maguire, Sr., who established a foundation out of a lifelong devotion to education and a desire to help students succeed. Mr. Maguire has made significant contributions to Saint Joseph’s University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, Project Home, and many other educational and cultural charities. The Maguire Foundation also works with independent Catholic schools, and the Maguire Scholars program supports 125 high school freshmen each year with scholarships throughout their high school careers. With giving commitments ranging from support for the arts to arboretums and parks, since 2000 the Maguire Foundation awarded more than $80 million in grants and scholarships.

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