Over the weekend of August 25-28, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade has returned to his home town for the fourth annual Wade’s World Weekend.
A variety of activities have been scheduled, all of which are part of Wade’s initiative to give back to the community in which he grew up.
“There are a lot of things in the community that are unfortunate,” Wade said on Thursday night. “There’s a lot of things that don’t sit well with me. I’ve got kids, and I understand how a positive role model affects their lives.”
On Thursday morning, Wade received the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative at a father-son basketball camp he hosted at the Lakeshore Athletic Club.
Thursday evening, Wade was joined by fellow Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem for an evening of bowling at 10 Pin Bowling Lounge on State Street.
All of the funds raised at this event go directly to the Wade’s World Foundation.
“This is a night when we have a lot of fun,” Wade said. “This is a night when everybody in the family can do this event. From my son who’s four to my grandmother who’s 90, everyone can bowl.”
During the day on Friday, Wade will surprise three lucky Chicago Public School students with prizes before an evening at Trump Tower. Wade will host the Carnival Cruise Lines Benefit Dinner Gala, from which all of the raised funds will again go directly to the Wade’s World Foundation.
On Saturday, Wade’s focus is on the kids of Chicago.
From 9 AM to 3 PM, Wade will host the Wade’s World Youth Summit at the UIC Forum. In the evening, The Chicago Theatre hosts the third annual D Wade’s Chicago Has Talent Showcase. This event is open to the public, and is always an outstanding, entertaining event.
On Sunday, Wade will host a school supply giveaway at New Creation Binding and Loosing International. This is open to the public, but only while supplies last.
“My tagline is ‘every child deserves a shot,’” said Wade. “What we’re trying to do is make sure we go into the community, uplift the community, and make sure our kids have a better way of living. Whether it’s through travel, enriching their lives through education, through fatherhood, we’re trying to make sure we touch a lot of lives.”
Of course Chicago is home to Wade, who was a star at Richards High School in Oak Lawn before leading Marquette University to the Final Four. He has already won one NBA championship with the Miami Heat, and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 NBA Finals.
However, his humility is rooted in his home town.
“I was a kid before. I was a kid that grew up less fortunate than others, and I know that if it wasn’t for people in my life that helped me get to where I am I wouldn’t be who I am. I want to see our kids be better and do better,” he said.
For more information about the Wade’s World Weekend, or the Wade’s World Foundation, click here.