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]]>
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
2633 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Contact: Any staff member
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you for your support as we give back to Dallas community during this holiday season.
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.]]>
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]]>
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?
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]]>
‘Charitabulls’ Play Flag Football for Good Cause]]>
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