Wade’s World Foundation3rd Annual Dwyane Wade All-Star Luncheon

Friday, 22 January 2010 17:54

NBA Champion, 2006 Finals MVP and Olympic Gold Medalist, Dwyane Wade in partnership with Mike Modano, NHL All-Star and member of the 1999 Stanley Cup Championship Dallas Stars invites you to celebrate and have fun in Dallas during the 2010 NBA ALL-STAR Weekend, on Saturday, February 13, 2010, while raising money for worthy causes – Wade’s World Foundation and Mike Modano Foundation, to support several dallas based organizations which include Texans Can! and Jonathan’s Place.

FEBRUARY 13, 2010
1601 ELM ST, 48TH FLOOR | DALLAS, TX 75201

LISA FURST AT 305.529.9506 OR

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Sam Dalembert receives NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January – 2/26/2010

Philadelphia, February 26, 2010 – Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert has been named the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for January in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.

The NBA is honoring Dalembert for his work with UNICEF and other relief organizations following the devastating earthquake in the Caribbean nation of Haiti last month. A Haitian native, Dalembert immediately jumped into action to help the millions of children and families suffering as a result of the massive destruction. In the days following the tragic earthquake, Dalembert joined the NBA’s long-time partner UNICEF to film a public service announcement to raise awareness and funding for relief efforts and made a personal donation of more than $120,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Later in the month, Dalembert traveled to Haiti with NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning and Project Medishare to deliver emergency medical supplies and to provide hands-on assistance.

“We are so proud that our partnership with the NBA has lead to a friendship with Sammy. This is a well deserved recognition for this remarkable man and his foundation. His warmth, generosity and steadfast commitment to the world’s children serve as an example for all,” said Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “I’ve just returned from Haiti and can well appreciate Sammy’s love for this beautiful country and its people. We at the U.S. Fund share his vision to do whatever it takes to help the children of Haiti progressively realize their rights to survival, education and protection…essentially, their childhood.”

In December 2009, Dalembert announced a three-year commitment to support UNICEF programs for children in Haiti. During a 2007 trip to his native country where he spent time at UNICEF-supported schools and hospitals, Dalembert saw first-hand the organization’s commitment to bring hope and assistance to millions of Haitian families and children. Following the trip, he made a $150,000 pledge to UNICEF to assist impoverished communities throughout Haiti over the next three years and has continued to support the people of Haiti through the Samuel Dalembert Foundation. Dalembert is focused on supporting the rebuilding of Haiti and working to improve the living conditions for Haitian children and families through restoration projects, health and education programs, and much more.

“I can’t begin to imagine what my friends and family are going through as they deal with the aftermath of this terrible tragedy,” said Dalembert. “I will do everything in my power to support the much-needed relief efforts and to encourage others to do the same.”

As the January NBA Community Assist Award recipient, Dalembert will receive the David Robinson Plaque with the inscription, “Following the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson who improved the community piece by piece.” In addition, a $5,000 donation will be given by the NBA to support the Samuel Dalembert Foundation.

The league presents the NBA Community Assist Award monthly to recognize players for their charitable efforts. The award honors the NBA player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.



NBA supports Special Olympics in bid to ‘End the Word’

Posted Mar 3 2010 12:18AM

On Wednesday, thousands of Special Olympics athletes, Best Buddies participants and their supporters across the United States — many of whom are students — will participate in events to highlight the Special Olympics “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign, designed to challenge and educate people about the hurtful use of the word “retard” and encourage others to think before they speak. Students are leading events in nearly every major city, designed to solicit pledges from people on not to use the “R-word.”

Spread the Word to End the Word began as a grassroots campaign by youth who participated in the Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit in February 2009, held in conjunction with the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho. The campaign was driven by a united passion to promote the positive contributions people with intellectual and developmental disabilities make to communities around the world combined with a simple call to action — a pledge to stop using the R-word.

Motivated by their commitment to action, actor John C. McGinley from the hit television series Scrubs was inspired to join these youth and their dedication to stop the casual use of the R-word.

“Most people don’t think of this word as the language of hate, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends,” said McGinley. “I choose to believe that most of us are fundamentally good and that we’re just not aware that the word is offensive and that it hurts.”
Best Buddies also participated in the campaign during its inaugural year and officially signed on as a partner with Special Olympics for this year’s campaign.

Soeren Palumbo (co-student founder of ‘Spread the Word’, Notre Dame, 2011) and “Timbo” Shriver (son of Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver), who together launched the Spread the Word campaign last year, said: “This campaign powerfully combines two things: the creative vision of a world accepting of all people and a youthful drive to realize this vision. It calls people to do more than volunteer and advocate; it inspires them to join, drive, and lead a social movement for the dignity of people with intellectual disabilities. And that’s why it works.”

Throughout the day, people will be asked to take the pledge online at, or by signing a banner or pledge sheet at a local event. Tallies of pledges from each event will be available later in the week, as supporters strive to reach 100,000 pledges.

In addition, several members of the Special Olympics community are supporting this event. Included on that list:

• Timothy Shriver, chairman and CEO Special Olympics

• Anthony Shriver, founder and chairman, Best Buddies International

• Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics athlete and motivational speaker

• Nancy O’Dell, TV journalist and Best Buddies International Board Member

• Maureen McCormick, actress and long-time Best Buddies supporter

• Eric Matthes, Best Buddies International Board Member and Buddy Ambassador (self-advocate and motivational speaker).

The NBA and the Special Olympics have a long-standing relationship, with several past and current players lending their time and efforts to various Special Olympics causes.

Details on the more than 500 local events happening across the country as part of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign can be found at the campaign website.


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