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Feb 6 2015

Three-time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade will be bringing the Miami and Caribbean heat to the Big Apple for this year’s NBA All-Star Weekend. Wade is set to host his All-Star Bowling Classic on Saturday, February 14th from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. Presented by Apollo Jets, all proceeds will benefit Game Changer, the collaborative integrated sports program created by The Sandals and Wade’s World Foundations to assist youth in underserved communities.

Wade’s signature All-Star Event is slated to be an afternoon of family fun at Bowlmor Lanes in the heart of Times Square (222 West 44th Street). The fundraiser, beginning at 1:00pm and concluding at 3:30pm, will feature 11 bowling lanes, each paired with a celebrity-led team for a friendly competition benefitting a good cause. Entertainment along with live and silent auctions are also part of the afternoon’s festivities. Proceeds raised will go to build Game Changer’s first multi‐purpose sports courts, as well as provide underprivileged youth with access to planned sports, recreation, a healthy lifestyle, and family engagement. In all, the Game Changer program will contribute to the upgrading and refurbishing of 11 multi‐purpose sports courts in the seven Caribbean islands which the Sandals Foundation supports with educational, community and environmental initiatives as well as one court in South Florida.

“I’m excited to bring our energy and passion to New York and host my All-Star Bowling Classic,” said Wade. “It’s an event we look forward to all year and one that aims to support the needs of today’s youth. Through Game Changer we are able to give them access to sports and mentorship and hope for a brighter future.”

“We’re looking forward to our first fundraising event in support of the Game Changer Program during this exciting sports weekend, said Adam Stewart, President of the Sandals Foundation.

“We are thankful for Dwyane Wade and his foundation, Wade’s World, for their support and are thrilled to be able to include our valued industry partners and the participants for making what will be a highlight of the year for our Foundation in supporting our cause to mentor youth through sports,” concluded Stewart.

To date, sponsors confirmed include: Presenting Sponsor: Apollo Jets; Premium Sponsors: travAlliance Media and JetBlue Airways; and Lane Sponsors: Trip Mate, Inc., Travel Impressions, CAA, JetBlue Airways, Comcast 360 Media, Bombardier Inc., Mission Athletecare, Sanitas Skincare, Arthur Rabin, Gatorade, and Scratch DJ Academy.

For lane sponsorship opportunities, to purchase individual tickets to the exclusive event or to make a donation to the Game Changer program, please visit www.sandalsfoundation.org or www.wadesworldfoundation.org.