TORONTO — With basketball stars and celebrities in town for the NBA All-Star event, NBA champions Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh hosted a charity bowling event in aid of the Game Changer program, an initiative between the Sandals Foundation and Wade’s World Foundation.
Held on Saturday at The Ballroom, the event was attended by sports stars and celebrities including actress Gabrielle Union, Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez from the Toronto Blue Jays, Thomas Davis from the Carolina Panthers, Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons, actor Jonathan Keltz, comedian J.B. Smoove, actor Roger Cross, MLS Club Champion Dwayne De Rosario, TV host Cheryl Hickey and fitness guru Billy Blanks. See the photos from the star-studded event!
The travel industry was out in full force too, including representatives from event sponsors WestJet, TravelBrands, Amadeus, Air Canada Vacations, TripMate Inc., Barbados Tourism and Travelweek. A silent auction was also part of the charity event’s festivities.
Game Changer, now in its second year, aims to assist youth in underserved communities through sport and mentorship. The event was raising funds to development and maintain multipurpose courts and coaching programs in the Caribbean.
The partnership came about after Wade took a family holiday to Beaches Turks & Caicos and saw how the work that the Sandals Foundation was doing had the same goals as his own foundation. Wade has since taken two more trips to teach basketball clinics to youth in need.
“He really acts a spokesperson for us and gives someone for these kids to look up to,” said Heidi Clark, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation. “Our organizations are about engaging youth that are really in need in a constructive way.”
Agents or clients interested in donating or volunteering can check out sandalsfoundation.org.