NBA’s deflation of All-Star Egos: Dwyane Wade

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

Jordan Holloway

100247868, Blog post #1

September 26, 2012

Professional basketball players are often defined by what they do on the court; however when any professional athlete reaches world wide attention they inherit the responsibility of becoming a role model for thousands of fans.  Whether on or off the court, professional basketball players are always in the public eye.

One player that has lived up to his responsibility to give back to the community after achieving international success is Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.  Like many professional basketball players, Wade was raised by a single mother and had dreams of overcoming poverty from a very young age.  After being introduced to the game of basketball at the age of 8, Wade was instantly inspired to follow his dream of playing the game he loved at a professional level.  He excelled throughout high school and found himself emerging as one of the top picks in the 2003 NBA draft.  Following this moment that would define the rest of his life, Wade quickly became one of the league’s most exciting players to watch and achieved All-star status.  These accomplishments would expand the ego of many players in the league, but Dwyane Wade never forgot where he came from and the values that inspired him to become one of the best.

In 2003 (the same year he got drafted) Wade founded “The Wade’s World Foundation” with a dream of showing children the importance of education, health, and social skills.  Wade is ready and willing to donate money to any cause he supports.  His generosity has prevented public libraries from closing and provided children with the confidence they need to succeed in todays high paced society.  Wade even went as to buy a brand new home for a Florida resident who’s house was accidently set on fire by her nephew.  While continuing to run The Wades World Foundation, he has also co-founded a relief fund for the Haitian people that were affected by the earthquake in 2010.

Dwyane Wade has become a positive role model for many children around the world and is making a difference on and off the court.  When positive messages from a child’s role model are observed the effect is amplified and could inevitably save lives and inspire dreams.  Many players around the NBA are beginning to see the importance of this kind of publicity and the arrogance of some players that once tainted the tabloids are being replaced by positive messages that are represented by signified actions,.

Photo taken and edited by: Jordan Holloway

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