Dwyane Wade Supports Fatherhood Challenge

The NBA player joins LeCrae and other activists to encourage young men to become involved parents.

Posted: 06/04/2013 12:45 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade and sons Zion, Zaire

Dwyane Wade takes his parenting very seriously and the single father wants to encourage other young men to do the same. The Miami Heat player has teamed up with hip hop artist LeCrae and other activists to promote the This Is Fatherhood challenge, which asks contestants to share what fatherhood means to them. The competition, which goes on until June 10, asks for videos, songs and essays on the topic for a chance to win a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., where a special ceremony will take place on Father's Day, June 16. LeCrae will also mentor and set up time at the studio with the winner.

The This Is Fatherhood challenge was launched by filmmaker Art Hooker and Joshua DuBois, the former director of President Barack Obama's Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Obama himself acknowledged the important role fathers play and called for more initiatives to encourage and mentor young men to grow up into involved parents. This inspiration was not lost on Wade, who wrote A Father First, a book about his own role as a father and how growing up without one affected his life.

"When I was first [approached to become] involved with the initiative, I was humbled," Wade said. "More than that, I was moved by the fact that one of the reasons President Obama was so passionate about this issue is that he grew up without his dad. He, too, has recognized that being a father is his most important role."

For more information or to submit your own creative piece, visit www.thisisfatherhood.com.


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