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The Wade Smith Foundation http://wadesmithfoundation.org Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:40:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3.1 Wade’s Weekend 2015 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wades-weekend-2015/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wades-weekend-2015/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 07:24:35 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4359 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

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WSF Holiday Book and Toy Drive – Now Accepting Donations! http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wsf-holiday-book-and-toy-drive-now-accepting-donations/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wsf-holiday-book-and-toy-drive-now-accepting-donations/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:18:28 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4344 As we embark on another holiday season, we recognize that so many are without during this time of year.  WSF is currently accepting age-appropriate (K-5) books and new unwrapped toys for our December 9th Reading with the Pros at Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center. All items will be donated to the school.

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

Paul L. Dunbar Learning Cente
4200 Metropolitan Ave
Dallas, TX 75210-1123
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm
Contact: Ms. Watson or Mr. Waters

UPS Store
2633 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Contact: Any staff member

Wells Fargo
5080 Spectrum Dr
East Tower – 2nd Floor
Addison, TX 75001
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Contact: Rebecca Martin

The deadline for donations is 3 PM on Monday, December 8th.  If you have any questions about anything at all, please email us at info@wadesmithfoundation.org.

We thank you for your support as we give back to Dallas community during this holiday season.


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#GivingTuesday is here! http://wadesmithfoundation.org/givingtuesday-is-here/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/givingtuesday-is-here/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:10:22 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4340 This is it…the biggest day of the year, #GivingTuesday.

We’re looking for every single one of our supporters to give on this day and watch our charitable contribution grow in real time…as the Giving Tower.

Please visit WSF’s Donation Page to support our community programs. Any donation, large or small, makes a huge difference and is so appreciated.

Then, download the free Giving Tower app here and watch this all unfold. It’s going to be so amazing!

Let’s build this Tower to the moon and make sure we have as many bricks as possible on the tower representing Wade Smith Foundation.

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Support the Wade Smith Foundation on North Texas Giving Day! http://wadesmithfoundation.org/support-the-wade-smith-foundation-on-north-texas-giving-day/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/support-the-wade-smith-foundation-on-north-texas-giving-day/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 22:08:42 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4316 The North Texas Giving Day is an opportunity for non-profit organizations across North Texas to raise funds. Between the hours of 6 AM and Midnight on Thursday, September 18th, supporters from across the globe can donate to their favorite charities.  The Wade Smith Foundation needs your help! By donating $74, you can push us towards our one-day goal of $15,000 with $50 going towards our Smitty Scholars Scholarship Program and $24 for our book drive.  Donate $25 or more and your contribution with be multiplied!  Help us continue giving back to the community.  Make sure you visit us at our #NTXGivingDay page and we hope you will join us on the 18th!

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Smitty Scholars 2014 Newsletter http://wadesmithfoundation.org/smitty-scholars-2014-newsletter/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/smitty-scholars-2014-newsletter/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:27:43 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4293 With the school year coming to a close, many college bound high school seniors preparing for the next step in their educational career. Through the Wade Smith Foundation Smitty’s Scholars Scholarship program, we are blessed to be able to award scholarships to outstanding seniors from the Houston Independent School District and Lake Highlands High School (Dallas, Texas). These deserving students have proven themselves to be dedicated leaders, not only to their schoolwork but to their community as well. Below is a list of our 2014 Smitty’s Scholars scholarship recipients.

Houston ISD:
Derek Mayon (Lamar High School) – $2,500
Oumayma El Hamzaoui (Waltrip High School) – $2,500
Fryda Gonzalez (Lamar High School) – $1,000
Shahnaz Azeez (Barbara Jordan High School) – $1,000
Yesenia Mondragon (Waltrip High School) – $1,000
Jacqueline Roman (Lamar High School) – $1,000
Genesis Larin (Lamar High School) – $1,000

Lake Highlands High School:
Lauren West – $2,500
Kenya Mosley – $2,500
Morgan Dishman – $1,000
Kelly Henry – $1,000
Abby Harris – $1,000
Katherine Sutton – $1,000
Shane Bono – $1,000

Congratulations to all of our winners! We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Written by Krysta White for the Wade Smith Foundation

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Wade’s Weekend Newsletter http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wades-weekend-newsletter/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wades-weekend-newsletter/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:06:07 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4286 31d73e91-bbe5-4126-b7bd-d0b2516568af

It was an exciting birthday weekend for our founder, Wade Smith. The 3rd Annual Charity Weekend was held in Dallas, Texas on April 25th and 26th.

The week began with Wade doing several interviews on shows such as Good Day Fox 4, The Ben & Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan, CBS-Dallas and Comcast Sports Net Houston.

Wade’s Weekend officially kicked off on Friday with the Reading with the Pros literacy events at White Rock, Skyview and Wallace Elementary Schools. Players and local radio/TV personalities read to students and enforced the importance of literacy and education. Saturday started with a free youth football and cheer clinic at the Lake Highlands Family YMCA. Children in grades K-6th came out to take advantage of coaching and instruction from current/former NFL players, college athletes and coaches. The Texas Revolution Dancers also came out to help support. Arian Foster, Derek Newton, Danieal Manning and Antoine Caldwell are just a few of the athletes who came out to support and lend a hand.

That evening our High Rollin’ Heroes Celebrity Casino night was held at Winstons Supperclub. All proceeds from the casino night went to support Reading with the Pros and the Smitty’s Scholars annual scholarship program, both of which spotlight literacy and academic excellence. We caught up with Wade who was extremely excited to discuss the foundation.

Krysta: Hi Wade! How are you

Wade: I’m wonderful. How are you?

Krysta: I’m great! So what made you want to create the foundation?

Wade: It was an opportunity for me to give back to those people that helped me get where I am in life. It took people with positive influences such as my parents and relatives to help me along the way, which allowed me to become a success, so my way of thanking them was to start a foundation and give back. I chose literacy and education as major focuses of the foundation because having that groundwork laid and putting emphasis on going to college and getting your degree leads you toward success and being able to do what you want in life.

Krysta: You said that literacy was one of the focuses of the foundation. How has that helped you on the field?

Wade: Well I would say that by me having a strong reading foundation as a kid helped me to become a very intelligent person. There’s a lot of reading time, prep work and things you have to study so being able to understand concepts such as diagram formations and plays are critical.

Krysta: Since starting the foundation what has been your biggest accomplishment?

Wade: I don’t really look at something particular as being the biggest accomplishment. I think the fact that one person I could reach out to, touch, change the way they look at life and how they approach things is what I aim for. When I speak to kids you can see in their eyes that the light bulb went off and they think to themselves I can do it if he can do it. If I can affect one person in a positive way then everything I do is all worthwhile.

Krysta: Since working with the children, have you made any personal connections with them?

Wade: I keep up with some of my scholars through Twitter and Instagram. It’s always good to see them continuing their education and doing well. There’s one kid that is a very smart kid but he likes to act out, you know, kind of like a class clown. I had a connection with him because that was me as a kid. There was another 11 or 12 year old girl that actually interviewed me. She came to my first Reading With the Pros event. She did a rap about my event and I thought it was dope. Fast forward about a year and a half and she’s still doing interviews. She’s even been on the Today Show. It was crazy. Like what are the odds?

Krysta: Why was Wade’s Weekend important to you?

Wade: It’s the main chance that I actually get to give back to the community that I grew up in. A lot of events that I do for the foundation I do in Houston because I live there but Wade’s Weekend is the weekend where I can go back to my old neighborhood and give back to the same place they got me to where I am today. Basing it around my birthday weekend always makes it a fun time for giving back.

Krysta: So are you going to share the big number with us?

Wade: (Laughs) You mean how old I turned?

Krysta: Yes

Wade: I’m 33. There are plenty of people that I know that didn’t make it to this age when I was coming up so it’s a blessing.

We want to wish our founder a very Happy Birthday and continued success!


Written by Krysta White for The Wade Smith Foundation

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2014 Charitabulls Flag Football Wrap Up http://wadesmithfoundation.org/2014-charitabulls-flag-football-wrap-up/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/2014-charitabulls-flag-football-wrap-up/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:01:58 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4233 Click the link below:

‘Charitabulls’ Play Flag Football for Good Cause

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Wade Smith on CSN http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wade-discusses-charitabulls-flag-football-tournament-with-csn/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wade-discusses-charitabulls-flag-football-tournament-with-csn/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:40:18 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4225 WadeCSN.PNG Wade visits Central Sports Net Houston to discuss the 2014 Charitabulls Inaugural Flag Football Tournament. Click the link below to see interview: Wade Sits Down with Central Sports Net to Discuss Flag Football Tournament

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Wade Smith on My Fox Houston http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wade-smith-on-my-fox-houston/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/wade-smith-on-my-fox-houston/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:14:25 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4213 MyFoxFlagInterview.PNG

Wade visits My Fox Houston to discuss the 2014 Charitabulls Inaugural Flag Football Tournament.

Click the link to watch the interview:

Wade Smith Talks To My Fox Houston About Charita Bulls Flag Football Tournament


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Smitty’s Scholars 2015 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/now-accepting-applications-for-2014-smittys-scholars/ http://wadesmithfoundation.org/now-accepting-applications-for-2014-smittys-scholars/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:04:00 +0000 http://wadesmithfoundation.org/?p=4184 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 adrienne@wadesmithfoundation.org.

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