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Pastor Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church, Miami HEAT Champion and founder of the Wade’s World Foundation, Dwyane Wade, and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager and founder of the Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, Allan Houston, today announced their plans to host a Fatherhood & Family Panel Discussion, which will take place at Lakewood Church on February 15, 2013 during the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, TX.

Addressing the fatherlessness issue across the country and continuing their commitment for change, the panelists will discuss the importance of fatherhood and family. The event will be moderated by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien. Additional panelists will include Former NBA player Etan Thomas who has written the book Fatherhood “Rising To The Ultimate Challenge” and spoken extensively on the subject of family and fatherhood.

“Equipping men to be better fathers is a significant part of our mission at Lakewood Church and one that I believe in wholeheartedly. We are honored to host such an important event and to work with Allan Houston, Dwyane Wade, Etan Thomas, and others who care so deeply about this crucial issue,” stated Pastor Joel Osteen.

“The Allan Houston Legacy Foundation has been at the forefront of educating the public about the importance of fatherhood and strengthening the family unit for years,” stated Allan Houston. “Now it is our goal to unify members of the NBA community and beyond in one arena to promote this cause. We are ecstatic to be able to partner with Dwyane, Joel and their organizations for what is sure to be a groundbreaking event.”

“Being a father to my boys is something I take very seriously,” said Dwyane Wade. “This event will bring us together with a unified goal to voice the significance of fatherhood and family and help further my continued efforts with the Wade’s World Foundation and its mission.”

The panel discussion will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Lakewood Church (3700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX) at 7:30pm. The event is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and will include prizes and giveaways for select participants.

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