Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade is in his hometown of Chicago this week for the 4th Annual Wade’s World Weekend to benefit the Wade’s World Foundation. The NBA star has several events planned for the weekend, including a talent show with performances by singer Jawan Harris and rapper Diggy Simmons.
“I think that’s the best part of the weekend,” Wade tells ChicagoTribune “It’s what the weekend is all about — giving kids a platform. Our motto is ‘Every child deserves a shot.’ Maybe one day a star will come from Chicago Has Talent.”
Proceeds from the events benefit the Wade’s World Foundation, which helps children in at-risk situations.
“The Wade’s World Foundation provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for children in at-risk situations. Dwyane was inspired to start the foundation because he wanted to give back to under-served communities and support issues of purpose. “I can’t just let basketball define who I am and what I am supposed to become,” said Wade. “Like my mother always tells me, ‘[My life] is bigger than basketball.’” (Source).
Check out photos (below) of Dwyane at the Dwyane Wade Father & Son Mentor Camp part of the Wade’s World Weekend on August 25, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.