Thursday, June 16, 2011

NFI honors Dwyane Wade with Fatherhood Award

The result of the NBA Championship Finals on Sunday may not have been what Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat teammates had hoped for, but Dwyane Wade knows that there are more important things in life than championship rings – his two sons.

Dwyane Wade recently gained full custody of his young sons, Zaire and Zion. Despite the time constraints of being a professional athlete, Wade’s number one priority is being involved in his sons’ lives. It’s for his commitment to his sons that NFI is recognizing Dwyane Wade with a Fatherhood Award. (Click here to read the press release.)

In response to receiving the Fatherhood Award, Wade said, "I am so thrilled to be given this award, especially because it is in recognition of the most important thing in my life, my kids. Nothing in the world compares to the happiness that they bring me each and every day. I know that my biggest responsibility is to be there for them 100% and to demonstrate to other fathers that it is possible to be a strong male figure in your children's lives regardless of what else is going on in your life."

Congratulations to Dwyane Wade! Thanks for being a great role model of an involved, responsible, and committed father!

Update (9/16/11): On August 25th, at his Wade's World Weekend basketball camp, Dwyane Wade was presented with his Fatherhood Award by NFI president Roland C. Warren (photo).


  1. Not to be a hater but is Mr. Wade the type of father that we want to promote. I thought that NFI supported loving marriages as a way to provide nurturing environments for children. I do not know the details of Mr. Wade's divorce but it does appear that he was "dating" another woman prior to his divorce and his children see that. Mr. Wade is probably a pretty good dad, however, I believe that NFI could have found a better candidate for this award.

  2. Maurice T. HamptonJune 22, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    I had the same initial reaction when noting that Mr. Wade was the recipient, but as I thought about it, there are many young men in Mr. Wades situation that have not/would not accept the reponsbility of being a 'DAD'. I believe the responsibiltiy of NFI is first and foremost to help promote the importance of committed fatherhood for all children. Sometimes that is through supporting marriage, but it's focus should always be in supporting the health and well-being of our children. Marriage and Parenting can both be challenging for us all, after 30 plus years in a relationship with two children I know first hand, but if you have to walk away from a marriage, we wish to encourage young men, and African American men inparticular, not to walk away from the children. So, I do believe that having Mr. Wade as an example of how to create 'good' out of a common but difficult situation was a choice that reflects the reality of our culture. And a choice that I hope will encourage others to step up and step into the lives of their children. Thank you for raising the issue.

  3. Great choice NFI for honoring D. Wade with the Fatherhood Award, and for all of the naysayers, there are two sides to every story (don't forget his ex-wife was dating another man during their marriage as well). Wade has been there for his sons throughout the entire ordeal. Instead of being so negative, applaud the fact that he stepped up and didn't neglect his responsibilities as a DAD!!!


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