Miami HEAT Champion Dwyane Wade and #1 Bestselling Author James Patterson Join Forces to Encourage Children to Read
On April 25, 2013, HEAT guard and New York Times bestselling author Dwyane Wade and number one bestselling author and two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee James Patterson teamed up for a national online webcast for kids across the country called “ONE ON ONE: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson.” In collaboration with NBA Cares, Wade’s World Foundation, ReadKiddoRead and Hachette Book Group, “ONE ON ONE” highlighted the importance of reading for success in life and aired free of charge to schools, libraries, and for home viewing via James Patterson’s event website.
“As a new author, I am very excited to join forces with acclaimed author James Patterson to advocate the importance of literacy throughout the country,” said Wade, author of the New York Times bestseller “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.” “My foundation and I strive to educate children on the benefits of reading and the important role it plays in their lives by preparing them for success in school and in life.”
Patterson said, “Getting our kids reading is a matter of life and death; this is not about grades or what college these kids might be going to. This is about saving kids’ lives, and if we don’t get our kids reading now, many of them aren’t going to make it. We have to get that light to go off in their heads at an early age — before or around the middle school years. I’m so glad I’m partnering with someone like Dwyane, who gets it — that getting our kids reading is preparing them to face the world.”
About Wade’s World Foundation
Founded in 2003, Wade’s World Foundation stands on the shoulders of its’ central
purpose of promoting the education of children/ youth and its’ three focus initiatives of literacy, health and fatherhood. Understanding that his life is bigger than basketball, Dwyane is a firm believer and supporter of the foundation’s motto “Every Child Deserves a Shot.” By primarily servicing the at-risk communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and the South Florida region, Wade’s World Foundation and partnering sponsors are dedicated to providing opportunities that enable children to overcome challenges, excel academically, and reach their maximum potential.