Dwyane Wade is the starting shooting guard for the Miami Heat and has been on the team since the 2003- 2004 season. This past season he celebrated his second NBA Championship win with the team and on Sept. 4 released his debut book A Father First about his experiences of being raised without a father and what it is like for him to be one. Wade took five minutes from his book signing at Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale to talk to The Circuit’s Online Arts and Entertainment Editor Samantha Winder and Online Sports Editor Jenna Kline. They represented the only student newspaper at the signing.
Q: What issues have you seen in the community that caused you to write about this topic?
A: Well obviously I mean fatherhood is the big issue. And I like to say you know, fatherhood doesn’t have a color and we have a lot of missing fathers, but one thing we do have, we have a lot of great fathers as well and I kind of wanted share some light on them, for the great dads, for the good dads in the world, just kind of bring attention to it.
Q: What is the biggest lesson regarding fatherhood that you want people to take from this novel?
A: I guess just importance, I mean, of fatherhood. You know to me I have an unbelievable career and I have an unbelievable job that I do, but that’s not more important than what I feel is the greatest gift that god has given me and that’s been a father of two lovely boys and I think that’s my purpose in life is to make sure that I continue to raise great men to be future leaders.
Q: Since you changed your name on twitter to DAD, what does being a dad mean to you?
A: Everything. You know, basketball is going to end one day. Everybody showing up every time I go somewhere is going to end one day, but being a father never ends. That job will never end for me and so it’s my life long duty and I look forward to many years to come being a dad, being a great dad and my boys mean everything to me.
Q: What is the key to balancing fatherhood along with your career?
A: You’ve got to have a great support staff. You know that old saying it takes a village to raise a child? It really does. I can’t do it alone, I don’t do it alone, I have some great people around me to help me, but I think the biggest thing that I can do and no matter how much time I spend with them is I’ll let them know how much I love them and how much I care for them.
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