ALL-STAR BOWL­ING CLAS­SIC HELPS “SPREAD THE LOVE”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NBA Cham­pi­ons Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh over the Valen­tine’s week­end hosted the All-Star Bowl­ing Clas­sic in Toronto in sup­port of the Game Changer pro­gram -- a col­lab­o­ra­tive in­te­grated sports pro­gram cre­ated by The Sandals Foun­da­tion and Wade’s World Foun­da­tion. The Game Changer pro­gram, now in its se­cond year, aims to as­sist youth in un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties through sport and men­tor­ship.

Pre­sented by Apollo Jets, pro­ceeds from the celebrity bowl­ing event, co­hosted by Wade and Bosh, ben­e­fit­ted the Game Changer ini­tia­tive and con­tin­ued to raised aware­ness for the cause through a red car­pet, star-stud­ded event dur­ing NBA All-Star Week­end. Hosted at The Ball­room in the heart of Toronto (145 John Street), the fundraiser fea­tured 9 spon­sored bowl­ing lanes and an af­ter­noon of fam­ily fun com­plete with food, drink, games and en­ter­tain­ment. A silent auc­tion was also part of the char­ity event’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

Celebri­ties and friends who came out to lend their sup­port for the All-Star Bowl­ing Clas­sic and Game Changer in­cluded: Gabrielle Union (ac­tress), Mar­cus Stro­man (Toronto Blue Jays), Aaron Sanchez (Toronto Blue Jays), Thomas Davis (Carolina Pan­thers), Julio Jones (At­lanta Fal­cons), Jonathan Keltz (ac­tor), J.B. Smoove (co­me­dian), Roger Cross (ac­tor), Dwayne De Rosario (MLS Club Cham­pion) and Billy Blanks (fit­ness guru) among oth­ers. Cana­dian sports tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Cabral “Cab­bie” Richards served as the event’s of­fi­cial em­cee.

This year’s All-Star Bowl­ing Clas­sic spon­sors in­cluded: Pre­sent­ing Spon­sor: Apollo Jets; Pre­mium Spon­sor: WestJet; Lane Spon­sors: CAA Sports, Ga­torade, Trav­elBrands, Air Canada Va­ca­tions, Trav­el­week, Mis­sion Ath­lete­care, San­i­tas Skin­care, Trip­Mate Inc., and Fortress RDI; as well as Event Spon­sors: The Wil­lis Foun­da­tion, Bar­ba­dos Tourism, Amadeus and Scratch DJ Academy. Ad­di­tion­ally, silent auc­tion part­ners in­cluded: Sony Mu­sic, Xbox, Sesame Street, Soles by Sir, and Greg Nor­man/Great White Shark among oth­ers.

Those who opt to ‘change the game’ by pro­vid­ing a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion can still do so via www. san­dals­foun­da­tion.org.

NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade and

ac­tress/wife Gabrielle Union.

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