What: Book launch for former Houston Texans Pro Bowler Wade Smith.
Where: J. Black's Houston.
The scoop: After blocking the big guys on the gridiron as an offensive lineman for a dozen years, Smith has now tackled the challenge of writing. The newly-minted author, along with CultureMap contributor and sports blogger Jayme Lamm, penned "Smitty Hits the Play Books."
The children's book, available on Amazon.com August 1, focuses on the importance of study and success in school beyond the playing field. Looking much less formidable than when he weighed in at 295 pounds for combat on the playing field, the slimmer, trimmer retired Texan offered a heartfelt account of his inspiration for the book.
As the story goes, since he was a very little boy, Smitty's dream has been to play football. But his mom says school comes first. When his teacher says his excitement for the game is interfering with his work, he's got a big problem. Smith's story, based on his own experience, shows young students and athletes how important it is to stay focused and determined at school so they can achieve their dreams in life and on the field.
Sales of the book and proceeds from the night's silent auction are earmarked for the Wade Smith Foundation, which works to provide scholarships for deserving students in Houston and Dallas.
Who: Chris Myers, Chester Pitts, Duane Brown, Hollie Fulsom, Tracy and Harry Faulkner, Bernie and Greg Bailey, Herb Taylor, Adrienne Williams, Gabrielle Piagiotti, Cindy Canas, Blair Bentley and Sergio Marazita.