Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 12:26 pm  |  25 responses

Dwyane Wade Announces Fatherhood Memoir

Come September 4, William Morrow will publish A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, DWade’s memoir of childhood, growth and fatherhood. Wade spent much of the lockout working on the book, a process that the Heat guard described as “therapeutic” and filling “a need.” The book talks about Wade’s custody fight for his two sons, his difficult upbringing in Chicago as well as his role as a single father now. Check out the details from William Morrow:

In A FATHER FIRST: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball, Dwyane Wade, a current co-captain for the Miami HEAT and eight-time NBA All-Star, shares insights on his life both on and off the court with a large focus on fatherhood, a topic of deep personal significance. Wade reveals his thoughts on fatherhood, detailing his personal experiences as a parent, and tracing his transformation from being the child of a single parent to now serving as one himself.

In the book, Wade opens up and reveals for the first time the intimate and traumatic details of his growing up and also the prolonged battle with his ex-wife for sole custody of his two sons, touching on:

· His mother’s struggles as a drug addict, and his growing up in Chicago among gangs, drug dealers and police raids (including a gut-wrenching story of young Dwyane finding a dead body in a garbage can)

· How he pulled himself up from such a life, thrived through basketball and maintained his devotion to his mother

· He has never talked about the prolonged battle with his ex-wife over sole custody of his two sons and why doing so was the most important thing in his life; and how the constant media attention has affected him and his boys

· His advocacy for fathers taking a strong role in their children’s lives; his main reason for writing the book is to help fathers see how they can do this and to see that they and their children can benefit from it enormously

· His childhood hero, his sister Tragil, who got him out of the mean Chicago streets, placed him with their father, and in many ways rescued him from a life that could have gone the wrong way

· The coaches who served as role models and father figures through high school, college and the NBA and how much they meant to him

· The HEAT’s successful 2006 NBA Championship, with Dwyane being awarded Finals MVP, and his gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

In March 2011, in a landmark legal decision, Wade earned sole custody of his two young sons, effectively setting a new precedent for professional male athletes. Most recently, Dwyane teamed up with President Barack Obama to support his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, a national parenting program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in the lives of their children.

“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,” said Wade. “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. 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.”

A FATHER FIRST also highlights Wade’s phenomenal basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops in Chicago, to training at Marquette University, to emerging as an unheralded draft pick to receiving MVP honors in the 2006 NBA Finals. In a narrative that spans two generations of the Wade family, Wade’s book encourages parents to lead by example and make being a caregiver the top priority.

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  • Fat Lever

    As a father now, I can’t imagine growing up without a father figure in your life, as a young boy. A single mom can only do so much. Good for D-Wade if he uses this as a means to get more men to take responsibility for raising their children.

  • LA Huey

    I feel society undervalues the impact fathers have on their children. Good to see Wade highlight our potential as fathers.

  • spurs4life

    What a great role model for the young fathers in the world. I will definitely be purchasing this memoir when it hit bookstores.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Co-sign LA Huey and spurs4life. Can’t wait to read this.

  • Fat Lever

    LA Huey, me too times 100 on the point of society and fathers.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    Good to see his celebrity doesnt come before his family. Kudos to you D-Wade

  • noch

    no credibility on writing a book about being a father. infidelity and giving his wife STDs were the reason for their divorce.

  • http://blackamericaweb.com charliewinning

    Good for him. Always dope to see a dedicated father. But I don’t think society undervalues fathers. I think the fact that fathers are treated so harshly in the courts, as well as us celebrating fathers who meet the bare minimum standards shows that we actually do value fathers. Undervaluing would imply that we don’t pay attention to the necessity of fathers, which is false. I think most people see the negative impact of absent fathers, hence our emphasis on having them in children’s lives. I’m glad Wade is a living for his children.

  • bike

    That’s great DWade, awesome actually. However, could you put fatherhood on the shelf for just one week and concentrate on winning a ring? No one will have a problem with that…..

  • LA Huey

    charlie, the courts are skewed in favor of mothers, for sure. “most people see the negative impact of absent fathers” Unfortunately, “most people” doesn’t include so many absentee fathers and weekend dads. Maybe it’s just me, but if me and my daughter’s mother had a falling out, I would never settle for just seeing little girl on weekends. I don’t see that mindset with many single dads. But it could very well be just my personal experiences.

  • http://blackamericaweb.com charliewinning

    I don’t disagree at all LA Huey. I guess I meant everyone but the actual absentee dads see the value of a father.

  • Brian

    I can’t think of anything I would like to read less than this garbage save for a self help free throw shooting book written by Shaq, Big Ben and Chris Dudley.

    Someone should politely tell he and Bosh that no one gives a crap about what they think. People stick microphones in your face because you play ball.

  • LA Huey

    By drawing a line from a free shooting book authored by some of the worst FT shooters in NBA history to Wade’s book about fatherhood, you’re saying Wade is an awful father. I’m politely telling you that you’re a buffoon.

  • KwamePooh

    why is he a role model for the young fathers in the world?! what kinda bs is that

  • Brian

    That is fine LA, you sit around and wait for some parenting advice from D Wade. It is too late for me and my kids.

  • Brian

    Once Dirk Nowitzki’s book about the importance of proper oral hygiene comes out then I’ll finally be ready to take on the world!!!

  • http://www.nba.com danfields

    lol @ brian

  • spurs4life

    KwamePooh sounds like bs to me.

  • Brian

    If my kids can turn out to be half the ace wholes that D Wade is then this will be $$ well spent.

  • Brian

    The title of this article is one of the funniest things I have ever read here.

  • LAguneroFan

    Brian’s on a roll not a bagel.

  • Lin4President

    I can’t take fatherhood advice from anyone who wears bright pink pants and says his goal is to be a style icon.

  • KwamePooh

    @spurs4life give me one reason why he is a role model?

  • Kobester

    The best thing a father could do for his children is to love their mother. Where are your children’s mother, Dwade?

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