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any people look at you not only as a hero in the basketball world, but also as someone who gives back. What is it about giving back that stands out to you so much? AM: Giving is contagious. None of us would be here without the gifts of someone else. I know that there is an impact that we have as a foundation on other people’s lives that will have an effect on generations of individuals. The purpose of us giving is to change and to make other peoples’ lives better, and to encourage other people to make other peoples’ lives also better. Were you an active member in your community as a child? AM: No, but I developed an appreciation for the impact that other people had on my life as I matured. Growing up gave me more of an understanding of my purpose. It reconfirmed that I’m here to have an impact on other people’s lives. I’m not just here to play basketball and entertain people; I’m here to provide and to serve. Do you plan to continue your charity work for the rest of your life? AM: Yes. What normally goes on during one of your charity events?

AM: We create an atmosphere where everyone is having a good time and are moved to support and to give. Besides Alonzo Mourning Charities, are there any other charities that you run? AM: Under Alonzo Mourning Charities, we have several different programs including the Honey Shine Mentoring Program (, Zo’s Fund For Life (, Overtown Youth Center (, and our major summer event, The Summer Groove Hosted by Zo and D. Wade which is just around the corner ( What do you think is the responsibility of an athlete in regards to being a role model? AM: I think a role model is not about talk but leads by example. It’s about encouraging, and it’s about teaching, and I think by using your real life experience to teach, that’s what a role model does: Use life lessons, yours and others, to encourage and to teach. What do you think about the recent news about Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use and Michael Phelps smoking marijuana?

AM: Those were mistakes made. They are human, and I think it’s unfortunate that when people see athletes they expect them to be perfect. I think that if we magnified everyone’s life and aired out everyone’s dirty laundry, then we will be surprised and shocked at a lot of individuals that we look up to. Unfortunately these particular incidents were magnified but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they are good people and they care about other individuals. It doesn’t make them bad people. Michal Phelps and Alex Rodriguez are two individuals that have had positive influences on young people and will continue to do so, provided the opportunity. The best thing about the mistakes they have made (and I have made plenty of mistakes) is that those mistakes will only make them better and wiser. What advice do you give to kids who may become as successful as you have? AM: Education. Educate yourself. Not everybody is going to be a professional athlete, but you get to be a professional in so many other ways, and the only way you can create that opportunity is if you put your work in and educate yourself.

By: Biannca Alvarez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Michelle Revuelta,, (305) 221-1773 Tyler Sminkey,, (786) 390-8510 RRA & SEMINOLE HARD ROCK PRESENT THE SUMMER GROOVE HOSTED BY ZO AND D. WADE TICKETS ON SALE NOW DON’T MISS CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES ZSG ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAME: ALL-STAR ACTION ON THE COURT WHEN OLD SCHOOL VS. NEW SCHOOL GETS GROOVIN’ MIAMI, FL (March 14, 2009) – Be the first to get your tickets to the 2009 RRA Presents The Summer Groove Hosted by Zo and D. Wade (ZSG), the summer’s hottest event! Fans will have the opportunity to experience the fun and excitement of ZSG in a variety of ways. To start, tickets for Carnival Cruise Lines ZSG All-Star Basketball Game went on sale this past weekend. ZSG will take place July 8-12, 2009 in various locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. The event has grown over the years to become a five-day fun-filled weekend offering something for everyone – golf, comedy, concert, benefit dinner, a free block party, an all-star basketball game, and numerous exclusive functions. Join NBA Champions Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and their impressive list of All-Star friends as they battle it out on the court during “old school” versus “new school” team challenges during the hottest basketball game of the year. Along with great competition, fans at the Carnival Cruise Lines ZSG All-Star Basketball Game will enjoy a jam-packed evening of entertainment, giveaways, exciting contests, the much-anticipated half-time show, and the opportunity to interact with top players in the league. Don’t forget to grab the family and head out early for a fun-filled afternoon at the complimentary ZSG Block Party which is open to the public and kicks off at 12:00 pm outside the AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday, July 12th. To get the crowd ready for the big game, Mourning and Wade will host this biggest block party of the summer featuring music, great food, giveaways, rides, and entertainment by local and national performers. The Carnival Cruise Lines ZSG All-Star Basketball Game will be held on Sunday, July 12 at 6:30 pm at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Ticket deals range from only $15 to $60, depending on seating preference. To purchase your Carnival Cruise Lines ZSG All-Star Basketball Game tickets, be sure to call Ticketmaster at 305-538-5885 (Miami-Dade), 954-523-3309 (Broward), or 561-966-3309 (Palm Beach). You can also purchase tickets online at Now in its 13th year, proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s

World Foundation. For more information, visit or call 305/4760095. Stay tuned for more ticket sales announcements to other exciting ZSG events coming soon! ### ABOUT THE SUMMER GROOVE NBA Champions Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade have joined forces once more to host the largest event of the summer – RRA & SEMINOLE HARD ROCK PRESENT THE SUMMER GROOVE (ZSG). Held in Miami, Florida, July 8-12, 2009, ZSG is a five-day weekend event that has something for everyone: golf, comedy, concert, benefit dinner, youth summit, youth sports conference and basketball clinic, a free block party, an all-star basketball game and numerous exclusive functions. Now in its 13th year, ZSG proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation. For more information, visit www. ABOUT ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation. Its mission is to encourage the educational development of youth by creating programs and youth enrichment centers that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities. Since 1997, AM Charities has raised more than $7 million for various programs that aid in the development of children and their families. In addition to supporting numerous educational initiatives, Mourning focuses his attention to stimulating the development of youth enrichment centers. With the help of donors, Mourning opened the first center in 2003 in the historic area of Overtown, in South Florida, known as the Overtown Youth Center. For more information, visit ABOUT WADE’S WORLD FOUNDATION The Wade’s World Foundation provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. Since 2003, Dwyane and his family have been dedicated to giving back to their core communities in the Chicago and South Florida areas through a variety of community outreach programs that inspire, uplift and motivate, such as the new partnership with ZSG. For more information, visit www.wadesworldfoundation. org ABOUT ROTHSTEIN ROSENFELDT ADLER, ATTORNEYS AT LAW (RRA) Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, Attorneys at Law (RRA) is one of the fastest growing law firms in South Florida with more than 60 attorneys and 22 practice groups. Founded by Scott W. Rothstein and Stuart A. Rosenfeldt in 2002, RRA is headquartered in the luxurious Las Olas City Center at 401 East Las Olas Blvd., Suite 1650 in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the heart of the legal community. They currently have four other legal offices in Boca Raton, Florida; Tallahassee, Florida; New York City and Los Angeles, California. They expect to open offices in Washington D.C. in the next six months. For more information, visit

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