Now, if you know anything about me, you know I love bowling. Other than hoops, it's probably my favorite activity, and I try to sneak in a string or two with my friends and family whenever I get the chance.
That's why I'm really looking forward to lacing up the kicks and throwing strikes at my annual Truth Strikes Again fundraiser for my Truth Fund this Friday night down at Foxwoods. With all of the games we've been playing, I'm thinking this will be a great chance to kick back with the fellas, fans and VIPs for a night of fun.
But rest assured I take this seriously. I'm pretty competitive in everything I do, and the same goes for bowling. I'll have my full arsenal of moves on display and for sure I'll be aimin' to get it done on the lanes and come home victorious.
So here's the deal. Every year for the past few I've held this celebrity bowling tournament where me and my teammates, friends from Boston sports teams and local celebrities all come out to raise money for my foundation. Some of you may have even been to one of my past events which were held here in Boston at Kings.
And this year is shaping up to be great. We're expecting so many fun people to come out and bowl – a bunch of the guys including Shaq, KG, Ray, Rajon, Baby, Nate, Marquis, Dana Barros, my good friend Chef Ming Tsai, a few media personalities like Billy Costa, Ramiro and Greg Dickerson, are all planning to come. Foxwoods is hosting the event at this unbelievable new place they have down there called High Rollers. It just opened a few months ago and it's a perfect mix of cool lounge/great bowling.
The Truth on Health is all about getting kids to move and to be healthy and that's what the Truth Strikes Again is all about too. Having a good time for a good cause and being active at the same time. Some people think bowling isn't exercise, but let me tell you, bowling is a great way to get exercise. And at the end of the day, my program is about getting kids to put down those video games, turn off the TV, get off the couch and just move around a bit.
And the key with kids is to teach them that they can do things to stay active like bowling, and there's no rule that says they can't have fun while doing it. Just this month my Comcast on Demand exercise videos were about a bunch of fun playground activities that kids can do anywhere, like hopscotch, foursquare and jump rope.
Kids can't all be elite athletes and compete at a high level, but everyone likes the monkey bars, and every kid likes to run around outside. That's what the foundation is all about – supporting and encouraging kids to get active and stay healthy and giving them the info they need to get it done.
And now, I gotta give shout outs to my partners who help make it happen. Without the support of Foxwoods Resort Casino, USI, the Celtics, my agent, and promo partners like the Boston Globe, Boston.com, KISS and JAMN, we flat out wouldn't be able to raise the money we do for this issue. So thanks to them for all the hard work they and my team put into this.
This night is going to be special because we have so much in store – of course the bowling, the athletes, the celebs, good food, music, and well-known chefs. Most importantly though I'm just glad we're going to raise a lot of money for this great cause.
And there are a few tickets available for the general public. Check out my website for info. And don't forget, the party starts this Friday at 7 p.m. at High Rollers at Foxwoods. So grab your bowling shoes. I hope to see y'all there.
Paul Pierce's Truth on Health campaign empowers and encourages young people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the information, resources, and tools necessary to become more active and physically fit. To learn more, visit www.truthonhealth.org
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About the authorPaul Pierce is the captain of the Boston Celtics. Pierce has spent his entire career with the Celtics since being drafted in 1998 out of Kansas, and led them to their 17th NBA Championship in 2008, when he was the NBA Finals MVP. More »
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