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Wade’s Weekend 2015

On April 24, 2015, we will kick off the 4th Annual Wade Smith Foundation Charity Weekend, better known as Wade’s Weekend. Lake Highlands native, Wade Smith, has picked his birthday weekend to give back to the community.  Please see below for a list of the weekend’s events:

Friday, April 24th:

– Reading with the Pros Literacy Events (8 AM – 2 PM)*

– Passport to Literacy Gala (7 PM – 10:30 PM – Chase Building Sky Lobby)

Saturday, April 25th:

Youth Football and Cheer Clinic (K – 6th Grade, Check-in begins at 8 AM, Camp is 9 AM – 1 PM – Lake Highlands Family YMCA)  – Click link to register!

*This event is closed to the public

Smitty’s Scholars 2015

Smitty's Scholars HoustonWSF will be accepting applications for the Smitty’s Scholars Scholarship Program from college-bound high school seniors within the Houston Independent School District beginning February 2015.  For more information, please contact Adrienne Williams at

MEDIA: Legends Return Home for Inaugural Charity Event

The Wade Smith Foundation recently hosted its inaugural Lake Highlands Legends Charity Weekend and it was an event not to be missed.

Filled with VIPs, parties, and a celebrity bowling tournament, but the most meaningful events involved Lake Highlands students.

The weekend kicked off on a Friday afternoon as Smith and Lake Highlands Legends participants read to students at Akin, Forest Lane, and Wallace elementary schools.

On Saturday, students were bussed to Desoto’s War Eagle Stadium for a football clinic that was followed by a celebrity flag football game between the Lake Highland Legends and Desoto All-Stars.

Smith graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1999. He has been in the NFL for 10 years and currently plays for the Houston Texans.

In 2012 he and his wife, Chareta, founded The Wade Smith Foundation in order to provide programs for students in the Lake Highlands and Houston areas such as SAT/ACT prep courses for high school junior and seniors, football clinics, and a summer meal program.

“I had the opportunity to take an SAT/ACT prep class, and I remember how much it helped me with testing skills,” explains Smith.

“I want to give back to my community the way people did for my friends and me when I was growing up here.”

Smith called on a host of former Wildcats (Legends) such as Davaren Hightower, Marcus Stiggers, Reggie Newhouse, Glen Johnson, and T.J. Jefferson to help him in the endeavors.




Wade Smith Returns Home to Aid Tornado Clean Up In Dallas


NFL player’s foundation aids Lancaster community after storm


Dallas, TX (April 9, 2012) – In the immediate hours following the devastating tornados that ravaged North Texas on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Dallas-native Wade Smith sent a call-to-action to his Foundation’s Directors and supporters. Smith could not pass up the opportunity to assemble his staff to offer donations and support for Lancaster, Texas, a southern Dallas community that was hit hard on Tuesday.  The group of 23 men and women converged on the city of Lancaster early Saturday morning with cars and trucks overflowing with clothing and toiletry donations for affected victims. Through an assignment from the City of Lancaster’s Disaster Relief Headquarters, The Wade Smith Foundation walked from street-to-street of a severely hit residential neighborhood providing assistance with debris clean up.

“My family and I got on the road from Houston with our vehicles full of items we’d brought and that our Houston friends gave us to bring to Dallas.  There’s no way I could not do something when I have so much love for my hometown and so many loved one’s in this city.  We were all tremendously humbled by the experience and we’re looking at other ways to do more for these victims,” shared Smith.

One such tornado victim, Gwen Edwards, recalled the traumatizing experience of being home with healthcare providers when the storm hit.  A recent stroke survivor, she was home with a nurse and therapist when the sirens sounded.  She credits her caregivers with saving her life by getting her to a bathroom, seconds before the tornado ripped the entire roof off of her home and leveled several outside walls.

“I thank you for what you’ve done here and I appreciate your group and your time. God is good,” Edwards shares.  She is among many in Lancaster struggling to salvage whatever she can from her family’s home.  Smith’s Foundation has pledged to stay in touch with her to offer additional support to her family in the coming weeks.

WSF to provide Tornado Relief to Dallas Residents

Semi tractor trailers lay in a debris field left by a tornado which passed through near the southern area of Dallas, Texas

The The Wade Smith Foundation needs VOLUNTEERS in Lancaster THIS SATURDAY, April 7th at 8:30am. Meet us at the Lancaster Library at 8:30 am as we offer tornado relief to the City of Lancaster. 1600 Veterans Memorial Pkwy. Stay as long as you’d like. We will be helping with debris clean-up and anywhere else we are asked to provide assistance.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Donate one or more of these items. Bring your donation to the Lancaster Public Library between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Read more

The Inaugural Lake Highlands Legends Charity Weekend is Coming in April!


The Wade Smith Foundation is hosting the Inaugural Lake Highlands Legends Charity Weekend beginning Thursday, April 26, 2012 and lasting through Saturday, April 28, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by Founder and Executive Director, Wade Smith, this weekend of charity and community merges his vision of reuniting notable Wildcat Alumni and fundraising for the various youth-centric programs within his foundation.

Confirmed celebrity participants include:


Duane Brown (NFL)
Antoine Caldwell (NFL)
Herb Taylor (NFL)
Oniel Cousins (NFL)
George Wilson (NFL)
Rex Hadnot (NFL)
Patrick Crayton (NFL)
Nic Harris (NFL)
Adrian Jones (NFL)
Edwin Harrison (NFL)
Lawrence Vickers (NFL)

Lake Highlands Legends

Wade Smith (NFL)
Frank Okam (NFL)
Marshall Newhouse (NFL)
Marcus Stiggers (NFL)
Glenn Johnson
Don McGee (NFL)
Reggie Newhouse (NFL)
Stephen Hodge

To confirm your VIP participation immediately, REGISTER HERE.

Click here for a downloadable LH Legends Charity Weekend Overview which includes various Donation/Sponsorship Levels for participation.



7pm – 9pm VIP Welcome Reception
Winstons SupperClub
3110 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

VIP and above level sponsors and their guests are invited to attend an intimate cocktail hour as an appreciation for their support. Guests will enjoy an open-bar and tasteful treats, catered by Winstons SupperClub, as they mix and mingle with the weekend’s hosts of celebrities, athletes and VIP’s. Photographers will be present. Reception is guest list only.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

7pm – 9pm Celebrity Bowling Tournament
300 Bowling
3805 Belt Line Road
Addison, TX 75001

The Celebrity Bowling Tournament is a unique opportunity to bowl alongside celebrities for a good cause. Included in the evening of strikes and spares is a VIP Media & Cocktail Mixer, Silent Auction and dozens of drawings for amazing prizes from our local and national sponsors and donors. The VIP Cocktail Mixer will begin promptly at 5:30pm and will allow VIP and Legends Level Sponsors access for autograph signings, photo opportunities and complimentary food and beverages.

To confirm your VIP participation immediately, REGISTER HERE.

10pm – 2am Cheers for Charity: Soft-Opening for Viva la Vida SupperClub
Viva la Vida SupperClub
807 S. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX

WSF Founder Wade Smith invites his friends, family and Foundation supporters to the preview of his newest restaurant venture, Viva la Vida Supperclub, to celebrate his birthday amongst an evening of entertainment and exclusivity. Hosted by Grammy-winning Song Producers Play-n-Skillz.



9am – Noon LH Legends Football Clinic
DeSoto Eagle Stadium
700 Eagle Drive
DeSoto, TX 75115

The LH Legends Football Clinic is excited to bring the community together in order to better the livelihood and health of our local families. At the single-day LHLC, children and adolescents will receive elite hands-on football instruction from an accomplished roster including over 20 current and former NFL players, current and former Wildcat coaches and other Wildcat alumni. They will be put through position-specific drills, special teams participation, competitive 1-on-1 drills, and team offensive vs. defensive simulated scrimmages. Participants will also be instructed on proper warm-up and stretching techniques, conditioning and sports nutrition. The Clinic will provide families the opportunity to be screened for early onset of diabetes for no charge, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association. All proceeds from this day of instruction and fun will benefit The WSF.


2pm – 4pm LH Legends vs. All-Stars Flag Football Game
DeSoto Eagle Stadium
700 Eagle Drive
DeSoto, TX 75115

Bring the entire family out to Wildcat country as dozens of LH alumni, NFL players, professional athletes and celebrities compete against their elite peers for a good cause. The half-time program will include special, surprise entertainment as well as a formal PSA regarding the importance of encouraging summer reading and nutrition education program participation. The WSF and health care volunteers and will be on hand to provide information, and the Dallas Public Library will be on hand completing library card registrations.

To confirm your VIP participation immediately, REGISTER HERE.

10pm – 2am A Legend’s Finale
Winstons SupperClub
3110 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

On this evening, Dallas’ most exclusive nightlife venue opens its doors to owners’ Wade Smith and Adam Cleland’s guest lists of the city’s “who’s who’s” and the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Well-noted for it’s elite service, ambiance and patrons, Winstons SupperClub is the perfect backdrop for their birthday celebration and Wade’s “thank you” to the supporters, volunteers and donors. Likewise, The Owner’s Suite will be bubbling over with excitement and enjoyment. Bottle service RSVP is strongly encouraged to guarantee entry.

To confirm your VIP participation immediately, REGISTER HERE.

All participants MUST COMPLETE the Release of Liability Form. Click here to download.

If you are interested in donating, visit this link: CLICK TO DONATE NOW

If you are interested in volunteering visit this link: DOWNLOAD VOLUNTEER APPLICATION

For more information or to request a Sponsorship Agreement, contact:

The Wade Smith Foundation
2633 McKinney Avenue #130-412
Dallas, Texas 75204
1-888-403-2500 toll-free phone
1-888-657-8520 toll-free fax

Wade Smith, Chairman/Executive Director

Summer Galvez, Vice President/Director