Dwyane Wade has won a scoring title, been an All-Star Game and NBA Finals MVP, and has an Olympic gold medal and NBA championship ring. Away from the basketball court he’s the father of two boys, Zion and Zaire, who he was awarded sole custody of in 2011. Wade also has an interest in writing. In 2010 he wrote a blog post for Huffington Post entitled Why I Love Being Dad. His latest work will be published by William Morrow of HarperCollins Publishers.
While the book is about fatherhood, Wade said it also features much of his own childhood. Wade spent much of this past offseason working on the book, which he said will include some story lines that even people close to him do not know.
“I think the biggest thing when I set out to write a book was just to share my experiences, from when I was a kid, my upbringing, my struggles, my joyous times, to becoming a father,” Wade said. “I’m trying to compare them, how they’ve been the same in a sense, even though my worlds are totally different. But we’re still dealing with the same things. From rags to riches, it really doesn’t matter.”
“People will get a better understanding of me as a person,” Wade said. “Even people who might think they know all there is, there’s things you can learn about me that you don’t know. People know that in 2008 I had one of my best seasons, averaged 30 points a game, had some of my best games. But they don’t know what I had to deal with before tip-off or right after the game. It’s not focused on basketball, but it all wraps together and tells a story.”
Last summer Wade was the recipient of the 2011 Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative organization. During this year’s NBA All-Star weekend he hosted a Responsible Fatherhood Roundtable at Orlando’s City Hall. Among those who took part in the discussion was Joshua Dubois, a special adviser to the President and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Look for A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball on shelves in September.