The NBA Citizenship Award is awarded to “a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.” If that doesn’t describe Dwyane Wade to a tee I don’t know what does.
Following the awful shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February, Dwyane Wade has organized multiple initiatives, becoming a voice for the students.
They include visiting the students on their first day back, donating $200,000 to help the Chicago youth join the Parkland students’ March for Our Lives movement in Washington, D.C. and dedicating a special exhibit “Parkland 17” in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reported on Wade’s reaction.
Wade on being a finalist:
“It won’t stop whether you win or you don’t.” “It won’t stop the things that hopefully that I’ve done and hopefully what others continue to do. But any time your name is associated with the positive things that you’ve done in the community and it’s an award situation, especially one of this magnitude, it definitely helps.”
Erik Spoelstra also discussed Wade’s nomination explaining:
“I think his platform that he has here in South Florida is one of the most special things about his legacy.” “He has that platform in Chicago and he has it worldwide. But Dwyane sees and understands that the success that he’s had as a professional basketball player can extend and be so powerful in so many other places, to be able to give back and to be able to help people that need it.”
”And in this community, you’re seeing it right now, just with his support of the whole Stoneman Douglas community up there in Parkland. It’s not just words with him. It’s actions. He’s out there really lending his support and his voice to give them a bigger megaphone.”
Dwyane Wade is a very important part of the South Florida community. Using his platform as one of the world’s most recognizable basketball players to give students a voice is commendable.
We at Hot Hot Hoops applaud Wade’s efforts in the community. Whether he wins the award or not his contributions have not gone unnoticed.