Dwyane Wade to Write Book/Memoir Focusing on Fatherhood


William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, today announced plans to publish a book by eight-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade. Wade, a current co-captain and top scorer for the Miami HEAT, will share insights on his life both on-and off- the court, with a large focus on fatherhood, a topic of deep personal significance.

In A FATHER FIRST: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball, Wade will reveal 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 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.

โ€œAs 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,โ€ said Wade. โ€œHowever, 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 โ€“ 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.โ€

The book will also feature highlights from Wadeโ€™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, Wadeโ€™s book encourages parents to lead by example and make being a caregiver the top priority.

โ€œWe are thrilled and honored to publish Dwyaneโ€™s book,โ€ said Henry Ferris, Vice President, Executive Editor at William Morrow. โ€œHe has an extremely important story and message about the role of fathers in childrenโ€™s lives. And his career in the NBA is also a phenomenal and exciting story.โ€

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