A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Sep 4, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In 2006, in just his third season in the NBA, Dwyane was named the Finals' MVP, after leading the Miami Heat to the Championship title, basketball's ultimate prize. Two years later, after possible career-ending injuries, he again rose from the ashes of doubt to help win a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As co-captain, he helped lead the Heat to triumph in the 2012 NBA Championship. Little wonder that legendary coach Pat Riley has called Dwyane "B.I.W."—Best In the World.

As incredible as those achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Dwyane has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises.

As the son of divorced parents determined to get along so that he and his sister Tragil could have loving relationships with both of them, Dwyane's early years were spent on Chicago's South Side. With poverty, violence, and drugs consuming the streets and their mom descending into addiction, Tragil made the heroic decision to take her younger brother to live with their father. After moving his household to suburban Robbins, Illinois, Dwyane Wade Sr. became Dwyane's first basketball coach. While this period laid the groundwork for Dwyane's later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids, he was also inspired by his mother's miraculous victory over addiction and her gift for healing others. Both his mother and his father showed him that the unconditional love between parents and children is a powerful guiding force.

In A Father First, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action—from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives—that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves.


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My life start like you Wade but I m not hold like you so now that's why i do my work in class I always said when I m in 10 grade I m going to take everything more serious, to go to the NBA, you know why is because my friend at school every single time my friend like shut up ball is not life for me i say Ok, but in my dream i know the one i love i know what i am going to be. Some people like ball is life, no is not like that like, when you in high school or middle school you think ball is life for you no n**** , is not like that you have to think about that like when you went to the NBA first, not when you in middle school tell the other to stop talking, like the others like every time they like ball is life for me not for you.Some of hem like shut up you d'ont know nothing in basketball, they like you Haitien go play soccer some of hem like shut your ass up d'ont try to do James Jordan in Kobe staff. my team in the NBA is Lakers, Chicago, Oklahoma city, but i like Heat to, not because is the best team. So i hope I go to the NBA for my life. I m turn 15 this years i pray not every day but some days to go to the NBA 

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All about the family
Great book it talks about balance in your life' in different situations

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About the author (2012)

Dwyane Wade is a guard for the Miami Heat whose Wade's World Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to benefit children and families across America. President Obama recently appointed him to help lead a program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in their children's lives. He lives in Miami, Florida.

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