Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade has written a memoir about raising his sons Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade called, A FATHER FIRST: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.
In the book, he reveals his thoughts on fatherhood while 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. Especially due to the recent messy split from his ex-wife Siohvaughn,
The memoir also covers:
· 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
Dwyane, who teamed up with President Barack Obama to support his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, spoke about the book saying,
“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.”
The book hits shelves on September 4, 2012. And the Heat take on OKC tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Who ya got?!