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Battier’s back with karaoke fundraiser

Former Miami Heat player Shane Battier will perform under the lights with other athletes this month — but not on the basketball court.

Instead, South Florida athletes and celebrities will join Battier in an effort to benefit his nonprofit Battier Take Charge Foundation at its fourth annual karaoke event “South Beach Battioke” Tuesday at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

“This combines the ultimate party with the ultimate karaoke,” says Battier in a phone interview. “We are undefeated because we haven’t had anyone who has said, ‘You know what? I didn’t have a great time.’ Everyone has a great time.”

Notable past karaoke participants include Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Pat Riley, James Jones, Norris Cole, Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden, Jimmy Buffett, Gabrielle Union and actor Ken Jeong.

This year, expect the unexpected, Battier says.

“It starts off as fun and games, but the competition level rises, and people later are trying to win the competition,” he says. Local restaurants have also donated food for the event.

The NBA champion and his wife, Heidi, founded the organization, which is dedicated to providing resources for the development and education of underserved youth and teens.

“If I didn’t have the opportunities I had through basketball, I don’t know where I would be today because of my financial situation growing up,” Battier says. “I promised myself that if I ever made it big, I would make it my mission to help hard-working kids reach their dreams. That’s why we started the foundation.”

South Beach Battioke is the foundation’s largest event. Last year more than 600 people attended and raised more than $300,000. The goal is to break last year’s number.

“The support has been fantastic from the city of Miami,” says Battier, who is now a commentator for ESPN. “We have people who care.”

Currently, the foundation has 12 children in the program, and three have graduated. The majority are from South Florida, but there are other youth from Houston and Detroit.

“We are proud to help their journey,” Battier says.

South Beach Battioke: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave.; $175 in advance; $250 at the door. First 100 general admission tickets sold will receive a personalized Shane Battier autograph. www.takechargefoundation.org.

Rodolfo Roman

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