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Battier turning karaoke into scholarships

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Detroit Pistons' Damien Wilkins (9) goes to the basket against Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) and LeBron James, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 23, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Heat won 88-73.

Detroit Pistons’ Damien Wilkins (9) goes to the basket against Miami Heat’s Shane Battier (31) and LeBron James, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 23, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Heat won 88-73.

Duane Burleson, Associated Press

MIAMI — Shane Battier wants to see needy kids go to college, and is singing to make that happen.

Singing badly, perhaps. But it helps.

The Miami forward and his "Take Charge Foundation" are hosting "Battioke" — a karaoke contest for his teammates and other sports figures on Tuesday night. It's an event to raise money that will be used to award scholarships to at-risk students who have demonstrated leadership qualities.

The foundation was started a little over two years ago, and Battier and his wife Heidi hope to keep it growing. Past scholarship recipients are attending schools like Texas, Texas A&M, Emory, Prairie View A&M and Northern Michigan.

The Battiers have enjoyed karaoke for years, and that teammates — even ones who can't sing — love to compete against each other.