Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr., known as “D-Wade” or “Flash,” was born to Dwyane Sr. and Jolinda Wade on January 17, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois. In his junior year, he emerged as his high school team’s new star player averaging 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His success continued into his senior year averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Dwyane attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he made history in his junior year by leading Marquette University to its first Conference USA championship, and to the Final Four for the first time since 1977. As the team’s lead scorer, he averaged 21.5 points per game, recorded the fourth triple-double in NCAA tournament history at the 2003 NCAA Midwest Regional Finals, put up an outstanding 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists against the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, and was named the MVP of the Midwest Regional Final.
In his senior year at Marquette University he entered the 2003 NBA draft and was the first- round fifth pick draft to the Miami Heat. During Wade’s first year as a professional basketball player, he averaged 16.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and was an undisputed selection to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie team. Wade’s numbers soared to a new average of 24.1 points and 6.8 assists per game after Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat. In the 2006 NBA finals Wade scored 42 points and 13 rebounds in game three, and scored 36 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in game six against the Dallas Mavericks, earning the NBA finals MVP title and his first NBA championship. In 2012, the Heat returned to the finals and beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106 giving Wade his second NBA Championship win.
Wade married Siohvaughn Funches. They have two sons together; Zaire, and Zion. After they divorced, he obtained full custody of both boys. He published A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball in 2012, documenting his life as both a single dad and professional basketball player.