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Dwyane Wade          

Three-Time NBA Championship Winner & LGBTQ Activist

As a three-time NBA Champion, Olympic Gold medalist and thirteen-time NBA All-Star, Dwyane Wade has experienced a whirlwind career.

Wade joined the Miami HEAT as the fifth pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. In his first season, the Chicago-area native who also flashed his athletic brilliance for Marquette University, achieved NBA All-Rookie Team status. In 2006, Wade led his team to the city’s first ever NBA Championship. Wade represented the United States in the 2004 Athens Summer Games and brought home the GOLD representing the USA in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In 2012 and 2013, Wade won his second and third NBA Championships. Wade rejoined the Miami HEAT in February 2018 after playing with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. During the 2018-19 season, he became the third player in NBA history to record at least 20,000 points, 5,000 assists, 4,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals, 800 blocks and 500 three-pointers. He was also recognized for achieving the most blocked shots than any guard in NBA history. Wade officially retired from the NBA after sixteen years following his 2018-19 season.

Off the court, Wade is readily recognized as a style icon and for paving the way for the NBA fashion revolution. He launched his annual A Night on the RunWade event in 2012 to celebrate his passion for fashion. Wade was selected as an ambassador for the first Men’s Fashion Week in New York City in 2015. He attends fashion week in New York and overseas. He has attended the CFDA Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the Met Gala in 2015 and 2019. Wade has been able to incorporate his passion for design into his partnerships. In 2017, he collaborated with DSquared2 on a capsule collection for Saks and was the first athlete to partner with Amazon Fashion to create a brand Wade store.

Wade continues to build his brand off the court with business partnerships including Away, PKWY, Li-Ning, Gatorade, MISSION, BallerTV, Spades Royale, Wade Cellars, 800° Woodfired Kitchen, and The COLLECTION.

In 2018, Wade signed a landmark lifetime deal with Li-Ning to continue to grow his Way of Wade brand of basketball and lifestyle apparel.

Wade partnered with Away on two sold out luggage collections including a wine carrier in the second collection to celebrate his passion for wine. His wine partnership, Wade Cellars, currently features Wade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, and Three by Wade, which includes a 2014 California red wine blend, a 2015 Napa Valley red blend and the 2017 California rosé.

Wade is the co-founder and CEO of PKWY, an affordable socks company. The joint venture with his long-time partner Stance brings his unique sense of design to a high-quality sock priced to appeal to the mass consumer market.

Forty-Three is a joint company created by Wade and his former Miami HEAT teammate Udonis Haslem. The company is named after their respective jersey numbers. 800° Woodfired Kitchen is the company’s first venture. They are the owners and operators of the Aventura, Florida location. Wade is a partner of 800° Woodfired Kitchen on a brand level internationally, and locally, as a franchise partner.

In development with his production company, 59th & Prairie Entertainment, Wade served as an executive producer on the Sports Emmy-nominated documentary, Shot in the Dark, with FOX Sports with Chance the Rapper. 59th and Prairie has also partnered with Imagine Documentaries on an upcoming documentary chronicling Wade’s NBA career and life off the court during his final year in the league. In 2018, Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union participated in an HGTV series about flipping a home in a suburban Florida neighborhood. He launched the YouTube series Wade’s Kitchen Convos with Chef Richard Ingraham in 2018.

In 2015, Wade completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program at Harvard University. His approach to brand partnerships in a Harvard Business School case study called Dwyane Wade is taught in both the MBA and Executive Education Programs. In 2018, he was appointed as an Executive Fellow.

Wade serves as a global ambassador for the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top boys and girls teams ages fourteen and under from around the world.

Wade recognizes his true accomplishments go far beyond the basketball court. He launched his Spotlight On initiative in 2016 after the loss of his cousin to gun violence in Chicago. The initiative aims to give youth hope for a better future by shining a spotlight on youth in the community who are actively changing the city for the better and are leading and empowering others to make change happen. He continued his activism against gun violence by supporting the Parkland students in their efforts through March for Our Lives and launching a Parkland 17 art exhibit at Florida Art Walk to honor the seventeen lives lost and to bring awareness to the need for stronger gun control laws.

In June 2013, Wade received a Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards for his commitment to excellence and dedication to community and worldly charitable causes. He also received the NBA's 2012- 2013 Community Assist Award in recognition of his efforts in the community and his philanthropic and charitable work. In 2015, he was inducted into the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Hall of Champions. In 2017, Wade was awarded the Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award. Wade is listed as one of TIME 100's Most Influential People of 2020.

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