Dwyane Wade and James Patterson Join Forces Again to Raise Awareness, Save Lives Through Reading
Mar 20, 2014

Dwyane Wade and James Patterson Join Forces Again to Raise Awareness, Save Lives Through Reading

—Wade and Patterson will be joined by All-Stars LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Terrence Ross, Stephen Curry—

March 18, 2014, New York, NY – It was announced today that #1 bestselling author and two-time Children’s Choice Book Award “Author of the Year” nominee James Patterson and Miami Heat champion, NBA All-Star and New York Times bestselling author Dwyane Wade’s second webcast for kids will air on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1pm ET at www.JamesPattersonEvents.com.

DWYANE WADE & JAMES PATTERSON ONE ON ONE: ALL-STAR EDITION will highlight the importance of reading for success in life and will be available free of charge to schools, libraries, and for home viewing via www.JamesPattersonEvents.com, where viewers can sign up in advance to watch. It will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the NBA’s All-Star Jam Session from New Orleans in February of 2014, with cameos from superstars like LeBron James, and others.

“I am excited to reunite with acclaimed author James Patterson in an effort to encourage children to read and instill a love of reading that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Dwyane Wade. “Wade’s World Foundation is committed to advocating the importance of literacy as a foundation for children to achieve success and reach their goals.”

“Dwyane and I agree on this: getting kids reading will save their lives, especially those at-risk,” James Patterson said. “That’s why we’ll be visiting (by webcast) as many schools as will have us. Dwyane and I are shooting for 100% literacy in our schools.”

A collaboration with NBA Cares, the Wade’s World Foundation, ReadKiddoRead and Hachette Book Group, the webcast will include interviews with superstars LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Stephen Curry and Terrence Ross. Each player will discuss how reading helped them reach the very highest heights in their careers. Dwyane Wade and James Patterson are highlighted in an in-depth conversation with six-time Emmy Award winner and Miami Heat courtside reporter Jason Jackson on how reading has changed their lives and made their megawatt careers possible. And, viewers will see interviews about reading with real middle school students from John Dibert Community School of New Orleans.

Patterson and his publisher, Hachette Book Group, will make a major donation of books in conjunction with the webcast. On Saturday, March 22, 2014, Wade returns to New Orleans to play against the Pelicans. For every point he scores Hachette Book Group will donate 100 copies of Patterson books to young readers in the New Orleans school system.

For James Patterson:
Sabrina Callahan, Hachette Book Group, 212-364-1308 / Sabrina.Callahan@hbgusa.com
For Dwyane Wade:
Amy Jacobs, Rubenstein Communications, 212-843-8077 / ajacobs@rubenstein.com
For NBA Cares:
Barry Parasram, NBA, 212-407-8781 / BParasram@nba.com

Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is a three-time NBA Champion (2006, 2012, 2013) and ten-time All-Star selection with the Miami HEAT. In 2006, three years after first joining the HEAT as the No. 5 overall Draft pick, he led the team to Miami’s first-ever NBA Championship and was named MVP of the Finals. In 2012 and 2013, Dwyane won his second and third NBA Championships. The Wade’s World Foundation, established in 2004, provides support to various educational, health, and family service programs, in particular those that benefit underserved communities. In 2011, Wade was appointed to President Obama’s fatherhood task force. In September 2012, he became a New York Times bestselling author, with the release of his first book, A FATHER FIRST: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball. He lives in Florida with his family.

About James Patterson
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Orbit, Hachette Nashville, and Hachette Digital.

NBA Cares
NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $230 million to charity, completed more than 2.8 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 860 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 25 countries and territories on five continents. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Share Our Strength and GLAAD.

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