Not only is he an 3x NBA Champion, 9x NBA All-Star and NBA Finals MVP along with a host of other basketball accolades, Dwyane Wade was just recently the recipient of the BET Humanitarian Award for the outstanding work he does in the community. Dwyane Wade has partnered with former teammate and future Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning to participate in various community service and charitable acts, but it is Dwyane Wade’s foundation, Wade’s World that serves as the face of his community involvement.
Wade’s World Foundation first blossomed in 2003, but has been a seed in Dwyane ever since he was 7 years old. At that age Wade remembered watching the local news and recalled a segment where various celebrities and public figures would visit area schools to interact with the students. The effect it had on them would be one they’d carry with them for the rest of their lives. From that moment on he knew that he wanted to be in a position where he could have that same effect on the youth that he saw when he was a child. Dwyane Wade wasted no time and soon after he was drafted, in his first season with the Miami Heat he started the Wade’s World Foundation.
The Wade’s World Foundation serves the Chicago, Milwaukee, and South Florida communities, because of the close ties that Dwyane has with each of these areas. Over the 10 year course that the foundation has been in operation it has hosted various events some spontaneous others annually. In the Chicagoland area Dwyane Wade and the Wade’s World Foundation started an annual event in 2008 called Wade’s World Weekend or more commonly known as W3. Wade’s World Weekend is a four day event that will host a talent showcase, back to school celebration, a youth summit and many more events that will involve the community as well as influencing youth of our future. This years event will begin on September 5th and conclude on September 8th and will be the 10th anniversary of the Wade’s World Foundation.