Dwyane Wade

From unheralded draft pick to the MVP of the 2006 NBA Finals, and now adding “2008 gold medalist” to his list of accomplishments, Dwyane Wade has experienced a whirlwind career in the last eight years.

In his first season (2003-04), the Chicago-area native who also flashed his athletic brilliance for Marquette University, achieved NBA All-Rookie Team status with the Miami HEAT. Before he knew it, Dwyane was an Olympian, representing the United States in the 2004 Athens Summer Games and recently brought home the GOLD representing the USA in the 2008 Olympics set in Beijing.

Wade in the NBA

Dwyane Wade joined the HEAT as the fifth pick of the 2003
NBA Draft.

In 63 games, Dwyane averaged a solid 16.2 points in 35 minutes per game, and was one of the reasons the HEAT emerged as an unlikely #4 seed in the 2004 playoffs. In 2006, Dwyane led his team to the city’s first ever NBA Championship and five years later, he helped them reach the 2011 NBA Finals.

Wade in Marquette

With a similar meteoric rise in college, Dwyane catapulted Marquette to the 2003 Final Four.

In two years at Marquette he became one of the most decorated players in school history where he averaged 19.7 points per game, had 150 steals and 79 blocked shots. That was upstaged only by Dwyane’s history making NCAA Tournament triple-double (against No. 1 ranked Kentucky) to take the Golden Eagles to the Final Four for the first time since 1977.

The first Marquette player since 1978 to earn Associated Press First Team All-America, a United States Basketball Writers First Team All-American and a National Association of Basketball Coaches Second Team All-American, Wade was a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson awards. He burst onto the national radar when ESPN The Magazine nominated him in 2002 as Shooting Guard of the Year. Wade was the 2003 Conference USA Player of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year for what would be his last season in college.

Beyond Basketball

From appearing in national TV campaigns in his hugely popular T-Mobile commercials, or designing his signature WADE shoe to modeling for Sean John; Dwyane has quickly crossed over into the world of sports and entertainment.

Known for his charismatic personality and charm, Dwyane is one the most highly sought after celebrity endorsers, creating a portfolio which includes Jordan Brand, T-Mobile, Pepperidge Farm, Mission Products and Gatorade to name a few. Whether its posing for the cover of GQ Magazine, Esquire, Men’s Health, Ocean Drive or ESPN the Magazine, to being named one of People’s Magazine top 50 Most Beautiful People, Dwyane recognizes his true accomplishments go far beyond the basketball court and fashion magazines. Through the establishment of the Wade’s World Foundation in 2004, Dwyane’s mission has been to leave the world a better place than he found it.

Wade in the Community

As part of the 2011 All-Star Weekend activities, Dwyane and the Wade’s World Foundation hosted two major charity events in Los Angeles. In partnership with the local LA non-profit MLA Partner Schools, Dwyane refurbished and unveiled a brand new basketball court for the female athletes at the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School. The overhaul included the installation of new flooring, backboards, scoreboards and lighting. He also hosted an “Apollo Jets” All-Star Luncheon to raise money for the MLA Partner Schools that was emceed by Sherri Shepherd and featured performances by John Legend.

Since 2005, Wade’s World Foundation has hosted a Christmas party for 250 South Florida kids at a South Florida arcade and amusement park. Kids from local non-profit organizations and youth ministries from local churches are treated to lunch, games and contests with Dwyane and a teammate.

In 2007, Wade partnered with teammate Alonzo Mourning for the annual Zo’s Summer Groove fundraising event in Miami. In 2007, Wade also hosted his second annual Wade’s World Weekend to benefit local charities in the Chicagoland area. Mourning and Wade teamed up again in 2010 to develop the “Athlete’s Relief Fund for Haiti” which raised over $1 million for Haitians following the devastating earthquake in January.

In 2007, Wade sponsored three homes in the Lower ninth Ward in New Orleans during the NBA All-Star Weekend. Aside from personally touring the area, Wade provided all families in the area a survival-to-go kit that aids in natural disasters.

As part of the 2011 All-Star Weekend activities, Dwyane and the Wade’s World Foundation hosted two major charity events in Los Angeles. In partnership with the local LA non-profit MLA Partner Schools, Dwyane refurbished and unveiled a brand new basketball court for the female athletes at the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School. The overhaul included the installation of new flooring, backboards, scoreboards and lighting. He also hosted an “Apollo Jets” All-Star Luncheon to raise money for the MLA Partner Schools that was emceed by Sherri Shepherd and featured performances by John Legend.

In March 2011, Dwyane become the first NBA player to be awarded sole custody of his children. In June he was featured in Newsweek with an article that he penned titled “My Life as an NBA Superstar Single Dad”.

ACCOLADES
  • Named to Esquire’s Best Dressed Men in the World list for the second straight year (14th in 2007; 13th in 2006)
  • Received 2007 Father of the Year Award from the National Father’s Day Committee during June 2007
  • Listed as 5th on Sports Business Daily list of 10 Most Marketable Athletes
  • Listed as 7th on The Sporting News list of 10 Most Influential Black Sports Personalities
  • Named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People on May 9, 2005
  • Named Best Dressed NBA Player by GQ (following 2005-06 season)
  • Top selling NBA jersey from May 2005 – January 2007; now has second-highest selling jersey
  • Nominated for ESPY the last three years:
    - July 2005: ESPY for Best Breakthrough Athlete
    - July 2006: ESPY for Best NBA Player
    - July 2007: nominated in Best Play category
  • 2006 NBA Finals MVP as HEAT captured 2006 Championship
  • 2006 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
  • 2006 SI for Kids Athlete of the Year
  • Four-time NBA All-Star (2005-08)
  • Three-time All-NBA selection (2005-07)
  • No. 3 jersey retired by Marquette University on February 3, 2007 – 9th basketball player honored
  • Member of the USA Olympic Team; won a gold medal in 2008
  • Named to The Sporting News’ NBA Good Guys List in July 2004
  • NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient in August 2004 (with USA Basketball Olympic teammates)
  • NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient in August 2007
  • 2009 Inducted into the Miami Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hall of Fame
  • 2010 NBA All-Star MVP
  • Huffington Post’s Number One “Featured Doer” for his philanthropy work (September 2010)
  • Honorary Chair of the American Library Associations’s Library Card Sign-up Month (September 2010)
  • NBA Cares Community Assist Award recipient for the entire 2010 offseason
  • Named by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best-Dressed Athletes (December 2010)
  • Named by Styleite.com as one of the 10 Best Dressed Sports Figures of the Year (December 2010)
  • Named Sports Illustrated’s Number One Best Dressed Player in the NBA (March 2011)