From basketball superstar to doting dad, Dwyane Wade finally opens up about his journey in his new book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.

By peoplestaff225
September 06, 2012 10:00 AM

Courtesy Harper Collins

From basketball superstar to doting dad, Dwyane Wade finally opens up about his journey in his new book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.

Chronicling his struggles as a child growing up in Chicago and subsequent success as a shooting guard for the Miami HEAT — he won his second NBA championship with the team in June — Wade reveals his biggest accomplishments are actually off the court.

In 2006, Wade was granted sole custody of his sons Zaire, 10, and Zion, 5. And since becoming a full-time parent, he counts his devotion to his boys as his first priority.

“As a child I grew up with aspirations to one day be a professional basketball player, and I am living that dream every day as a proud member of the Miami HEAT,” Wade, 30, says.

“However, the daily role I play in the lives of my two children is the single most significant undertaking of my life, and the job I take most seriously.”

And although he’s grateful for his stellar career and countless awards — including being named MVP in the 2006 NBA Finals — Wade admits his sons remain the root of his happiness.

“While my basketball career has brought me many rewards — including an NBA Championship in 2006 and an Olympic gold medal in the 2008 Summer Games — my children are the two greatest gifts of my life,” he explains.

Recently, Wade teamed up with President Barack Obama to lend support to his Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, a program that mirrors the Miami HEAT co-captain’s strong stance on the importance of fathers playing an active role in the lives of their children.

Courtesy Harper Collins

— Anya Leon

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