Big Daddy Draft Day

GameWorks and Axcess Sports & Entertainment, along with assistance from the Diabetes Research Institute and the University of Miami announced plans today to host the "Big Daddy Draft Day Fest", a draft day party for top NFL draft prospect Vince Wilfork, on April 24, 2004.

The event will be held at GameWorks, Shops At Sunset Place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Hundreds of fans are expected to attend.

Vince Wilfork, a former University of Miami defensive tackle, won the hearts of fans that supported him through an exceptionally tough year in 2002. Wilfork tragically lost both of his parents in 2002, his mother to a stroke, and his father to diabetes. (See attached story) Wilfork's strength and motivation to continue on in football has been inspirational not only to Miami fans, but to the community as well.

Fans attending the Big Daddy Draft Day Party will have the opportunity to watch first hand as Vince learns where his NFL career will begin. ESPN will feature live coverage, Vince will interact with fans, special celebrity appearances are scheduled, and the NFL Draft will be broadcast on every TV inside GameWorks for the full Draft Day experience. GameWorks has fan appeal with the University of Miami, once again hosting the Official Watch Party this upcoming football season.

"GameWorks is thrilled to be working with the University of Miami again, and to be the site for Vince's big day," stated Kim Neubecker, Marketing Director for GameWorks. "For Vince to unselfishly share this day with family, friends and fans while raising money for a cure close to his heart truly says a lot about who he is."

Fans will also be able to bid on a variety of exclusive silent auction items, including autographed merchandise, UM tickets and a trip to see Vince play in his first NFL game. All proceeds benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI). GameWorks will also sell a Big Daddy game card for 4 hours of game play, with partial proceeds benefiting DRI. Wilfork has pledged to match all donations received, and a check presentation will follow the draft.

The Diabetes Research Institute is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Pioneering new technologies in islet cell transplantation since the early 1970's, the DRI has successfully reversed diabetes in patients involved in ongoing clinical trials.

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