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Friday, March 30, 2012

D.Wade Writes a Book on Fatherhood

Wednesday, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, announced plans to release Dwyane Wade's book, "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball" in Septmber. Wade's book covers some of his childhood struggles in Chicago and how he uses those lessons when raising his boys.

D. Wade and his boys.
"For me, it was therapeutic to do this," Wade told The Associated Press.
After finally winning a long custody battle with his ex-wife a year ago, Wade felt like his story of basketball and fatherhood could show others a different side of him and help them with their own families. 

"I don't have to share it with people," Wade said. "But I felt there was a need. So many people came up to me in this process, so many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how, how I did it and why I believed I could do it."
Wade spent most of this past offseason working on his book. Pulling from his younger years as well as his most recent. He has included some stories in his book that even people closest to him have no clue about.

 "We are thrilled and honored to publish Dwyane's book," Henry Ferris, a vice president and executive editor at William Morrow, said in a statement. "He has an extremely important story and message about the role of fathers in children's lives. And his career in the NBA is also a phenomenal and exciting story."
Wade was honored by the National Fatherhood Initiative last year for his dedication to his sons as a single father while still successfully managing his NBA career. During All-Star weekend in Orlando, Wade headlined a roundtable discussion for President Obama's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative.

While a book may seem like a new thing for Wade, he has actually had a fascination with writing for years, stretching back to high school where he considered a career in journalism. He was also a sports writer for his school paper. During his days at Marquette he wrote an ode to basketball which was later turned into an advertising campaign.

"I think the biggest thing when I set out to write a book was just to share my experiences, from when I was a kid, my upbringing, my struggles, my joyous times, to becoming a father," Wade said. "I'm trying to compare them, how they've been the same in a sense, even though my worlds are totally different. But we're still dealing with the same things. From rags to riches, it really doesn't matter."

Since Wade's book is not set to release until September, the details aren't being disclosed, but there were some painful memories involved in the writing process.

"People will get a better understanding of me as a person," Wade said. "Even people who might think they know all there is, there's things you can learn about me that you don't know. People know that in 2008 I had one of my best seasons, averaged 30 points a game, had some of my best games. But they don't know what I had to deal with before tip-off or right after the game. It's not focused on basketball, but it all wraps together and tells a story."

To see the video of Wade at the roundtable discussion click on the link below. 
D. Wade in Orlando