Dwyane Wade: Fatherhood Is the Job I Take Most Seriously

09/06/2012 at 10:00 AM ET
Courtesy Harper Collins

From basketball superstar to doting dad, Dwyane Wade finally opens up about his journey in his new book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.

Chronicling his struggles as a child growing up in Chicago and subsequent success as a shooting guard for the Miami HEAT — he won his second NBA championship with the team in June — Wade reveals his biggest accomplishments are actually off the court.

In 2006, Wade was granted sole custody of his sons Zaire, 10, and Zion, 5. And since becoming a full-time parent, he counts his devotion to his boys as his first priority.

“As a child I grew up with aspirations to one day be a professional basketball player, and I am living that dream every day as a proud member of the Miami HEAT,” Wade, 30, says.

“However, the daily role I play in the lives of my two children is the single most significant undertaking of my life, and the job I take most seriously.”

And although he’s grateful for his stellar career and countless awards — including being named MVP in the 2006 NBA Finals — Wade admits his sons remain the root of his happiness.

“While my basketball career has brought me many rewards — including an NBA Championship in 2006 and an Olympic gold medal in the 2008 Summer Games — my children are the two greatest gifts of my life,” he explains.

Recently, Wade teamed up with President Barack Obama to lend support to his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, a program that mirrors the Miami HEAT co-captain’s strong stance on the importance of fathers playing an active role in the lives of their children.

Courtesy Harper Collins

— Anya Leon

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Diane on

I now have alot of respect for DW that I may not have had before. This is one athlete who knows where his priorities are. Those are 2 lucky boys. God Bless!


Lady on

I love DWade & respect him for raising those boys as well as his nephew as a single parent which isn’t mentioned here. I hope their mother gets the help she seems to desperately need…..keep being an awesome father DW!! GO HEAT!

Anonymous on

I think there’s an error in this article. I was looking around for information on what the deal is with his ex (obviously she has some serious issues, as a woman generally has to be a pretty darn bad/dangerous parent for the courts to remove her children from her and give sole custody to the father), and other sites list Zion as being born in 2007.

Yet this article claims Dwayne was awared custody of both boys in 2006. I’m guessing that was maybe meant to say 2007?

Anyway, he sounds like a great father!

Meena on

I believe he received custody in about 2011. It was a very long and drawn out bitter custody battle. He and his sons look beautiful.


I wish they would have included DWade’s nephew that he is also raising in the pictures! More black men should should take notice and stand up and raise their children too many black babies are born to single mothers.

Cole on

A man that takes fatherhood seriously is sexy. Good for him!