I think it’s only fitting that a Fatherhood Award be bestowed on my main apple scrapple. The National Fatherhood Initiative(NFI) has named him a recipient of a 2011 Fatherhood Award. D-Wade was recently awarded custody of his 2 boys. Roland C Warren, President of NFI, had this to say, ““This Fatherhood Award™ reflects Dwyane’s commitment to being the kind of dad his sons need him to be. He gives dads everywhere a great example of what it means to be an involved, responsible, and committed father.”
Dwyane Wade has experienced a whirlwind career both on and off the court, beginning with his unparalleled career at Marquette University and continuing in 2003 when he joined the Miami HEAT as fifth pick of the NBA Draft. He went on to lead the team to the 2006 Championship win and became MVP of the Finals. Not only does Dwyane shine on the court, but he has had a major influence on underprivileged youth in his hometowns of Chicago and Miami through his Wade’s World Foundation, which he founded in 2005. Just a few of his recent accomplishment include being named the 2010 NBA All-Star MVP, the Huffington Post’s Number One “Featured Doer” for his philanthropic work, and winning the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the entire 2010 offseason.
I am so thrilled to be given this award, especially because it is in recognition of most important thing in my life, my kids. Nothing in the world compares to the happiness that they bring me each and every day. I know that my biggest responsibility is to be there for them 100% and to demonstrate to other fathers that it is possible to be a strong male figure in your children’s lives regardless of what else is going on in your life.–Dwyane Wade
Inaugurated in 1997, the Fatherhood Awards™ are presented each year to individuals, corporations, and organizations that make a substantial contribution to strengthening involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. Past Fatherhood Award™ winners include: actor James Earl Jones, former-NFL coach Tony Dungy, country music superstar Tim McGraw, Johnson & Johnson, and Chevrolet.