Dwyane Wade

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caption=”NBA star Dwyane Wade is the national spokesman for National Recess Week.”]
You already know him as an NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist. You already know that Dwyane Wade still gets up after falling down seven times. But, the 27-year-old’s acts of kindness often go unnoticed.

Last Christmas, he made headlines when he bought a home for a Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned her house down. But, the kindness isn’t random for the Miami Heat star who founded Wade’s World, an organization that helps underprivileged kids. Once again, he has teamed up with National Recess Week as the national spokesperson to encourage young people to foster a sense of community and sportsmanship.

Dwyane’s NBA bio says he wants to leave the world a better place. When I met him, he told me he told me that things he wants the world to know him for haven’t been accomplished yet. “But, they will happen,” Dwyane assures me.

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19 Responses to Dwyane Wade

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  2. Claudius says:

    Dwayne Wade is truly one of the good guys in sports. With all the negative news we’ve been hearing about professional athletes, it’s nice to find one who gives back to the community, regardless of headlines. And I love the reference to his shoe commercial from 2005 – that put him on the map! As alwyas, well done Nicole!

  3. marcel says:

    best in the nba in skill and heart

  4. tutul says:

    You need to be careful before these athletes are put on a pedestal. I have heard Wade’s name in enough scandals, failing to pay child support and not supporting his family. Many a times, these acts of charity are being done to project a sense a good will to mask the real ugliness.

  5. victor moscoso says:

    pound for pound, one of the most sincere, dedicated, and humble athlete in the NBA…

  6. Crunk says:

    I just wish he wasn’t having issues with his wife. They seemed so great together. Hopefully she can forgive him for whatever he’s done, and hopefully he’ll find it in his heart to forgive her for airing out their dirty laundry…for the sake of their children at least.

  7. phil says:

    Wade will spread his STD across the country, ‘touching” everyone.

  8. Annie says:

    Dwayne Wade is a hometown guy and he is definitely a stuff to follow; but we can do our part. It is so refreshing to see a young man making an impact in the community the way he is. I feel like a proud parent!
    Good job, Dwayne!!!

  9. DWoods says:

    He is one of the many who remember where he came from, where he is headed and the route he wants to take others. Thank God for people like Dwayne Wade!

  10. Damia says:

    Dwayne Wade is my favorite basketball player ever. I always knew there was something that separated him from the average celebrity. Now i know it makes me very proud to a Dwayne Wade fan. I’ve always was a fan of him now that just puts him a lot higher in my eyes.If there was anything i could do to help him I would love to. I am probably the biggest Dwayne Wade fan ever and I honestly mean that.

    Damia M.
    Charleston, West Virginia

  11. stella says:

    He’s just too cute!

  12. Maylander says:

    Hello, I’m 14 and I’m a girl so basketball isn’t that interesting to me but when ever i think of Dwayne Wade I think on how he is the next Micheal Jordan or some awesome basketball player but i also cant help but think of the poem
    “American Hero”
    by Essex Hemphill

    I have nothing to lose tonight.
    All my men surround me, panting,
    as I spin the ball above our heads
    on my middle finger.
    5 It’s a shimmering club light
    and I’m dancing, slick in my sweat.
    Squinting, I aim at the hole
    fifty feet away. I let the tension go.
    Shoot for the net. Choke it.
    10 I never hear the ball
    slap the backboard. I slam it
    through the net. The crowd goes wild
    for our win. I scored
    thirty-two points this game
    15 and they love me for it.
    Everyone hollering
    is a friend tonight.
    But there are towns,
    certain neighborhoods
    20 where I’d be hard pressed
    to hear them cheer
    if I move on the block.
    and i just think to myself on how great he is but there will be those who will never acknowledge his skills. Although basketball isn’t the best thing in the world i believe when someone does something well especially when you dont know how to do it yourself that person should be congratulated.

  13. will says:

    Dwayne Wade is a great guy and i uppreesheate him very much

  14. maclane says:

    Dwyane Wade is an amazing basketball player but more inportantly a great person.

  15. Eric says:

    D-wade is a straight baller and the fact that he helps the community only makes him that better. It takes alot for someone with such a busy schedule to take time out of his exciting day to help the needy. Wade has proven himself an unselfish player which is not somethin you see everyday. I respect that

  16. DealPlayground says:

    I am a fan of Dwayne Wade, he is a great team player and that reflects his community assistance. It is vital for Super Star athletes to use there wealth to help the less fortunate especially during these hard economic times. So Great Job Dwayne!

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  17. Franky says:

    The only thing I want from D-Wade is a damn MVP thank you very much, LOL!! I’ve been lobbying for that for months…Lebron is gonna win it, I know that for a fact.

    But D-Wade is a good citizen, he’s cool…only if he wins me an MVP then I’ll say yes, LOL!!

  18. JACKY BROWN says:

    I love WADE. MVP belongs to him~~~I support him forever!!

  19. Ramzkie says:

    Go Wade! Watch NBA Playoffs Live Streaming Games here: http://mypinoytv.info

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