Whoever said that athletes (especially basketball players) are self-absorbed, spoiled brats who make their millions and never give back to their community has never met Dwyane Wade. Aside from being a celebrated NBA champion, Wade is the founder of Wade’s World Foundation, his own non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations.
Beginning in 2003, Wade has given back to core communities in the Chicago and South Florida areas through a variety of community outreach programs. Wade has hosted a free basketball camp for nearly 600 youth from the Robbins, Illinois, area for the last four years and, for the first time in August 2007, he hosted “A Week of Wade’s World in South Florida” — a week-long series of events and appearances that touched the lives of hundreds of South Florida kids. With the goal of building a youth center in the area where he grew up, Wade will continue to support a variety of programs that inspire, uplift and motivate.
Tune in to 106 & Park tonight, September 28 at 6P/5C, to watch Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade be honored by the Get Schooled initiative for his charitable work through the Wade's World Foundation.
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