Date: Friday, Aug. 21, 2009
Time: noon – 1:30 p.m.; program at 12:45 p.m.
Basketball clinic at 1:30 p.m.
Place: Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th St.
Wade’s World Foundation, a nonprofit established by NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, will conduct a basketball clinic with 50 members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Friday, Aug. 21, in conjunction with the former Marquette basketball star’s support for a new partnership between the university and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), one of the nation’s largest youth development organizations, last month announced a national partnership with Marquette. Marquette will provide up to three full-tuition scholarships annually to winners of BGCA’s Youth of the Year program, which recognizes exceptional Boys & Girls Club members.
The Wade’s World Foundation provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in underserved communities. “The Boys & Girls Clubs and my foundation both seek to provide youths with hope, opportunity and motivation,” Wade said. “I know what a difference education – and especially Marquette – made in my life. Basketball was my entry point; the Boys & Girls Clubs help youths find and develop their own special talents. Marquette is a place that I know will help them develop even further, so they can be leaders in their communities and make a difference in our world.”
Wade, a member of Marquette’s 2003 Final Four team, said he expects to be a champion for the Marquette/BGCA partnership by promoting it among prospective students and benefactors.
Media are welcome to hear Wade discuss his support for the Marquette/BGCA partnership in remarks at the luncheon Aug. 21, occurring in advance of the clinic. The program will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the main court of the Al McGuire Center, 770 N. 12th St. Wade will address the media and take questions immediately following the luncheon for a few minutes, and media can watch him in action during the clinic with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Short one-on-one interviews can be accommodated following the clinic; call Scott Kuykendall at 414-288-4794 to schedule.
About Wade’s World Foundation
In 2003, Wade’s World Foundation was created to provide support to various educational, health and family service programs - in particular those that benefit underserved communities. Wade and his family have been dedicated to giving back to the Chicago-area and South Florida communities through a variety of community outreach programs and events. Wade’s World Weekend (in Chicago) and The Summer Groove (in Miami) are two flagship fundraising events where monies are distributed to their respective communities supporting initiatives such as, crime/violence prevention and educational enrichment programs for youth. More information can be found by visiting wadesworldfoundation.org.
Contact: Tragil Wade, President
About Marquette University
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Contact: Mary Pat Pfeil
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has helped kids "Be Great," providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military bases worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Visit bgca.org for more information
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