On Sunday, June 30, 2013, live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade will be honored with the BET Awards ‘13 Humanitarian Award presented by State Farm for his commitment to excellence and dedication to community and worldly charitable causes. R&B singer Miguel has been added to the line-up of mega-star performers who will rock the BET Awards ’13 stage. Hosted by actor and comedian Chris Tucker, the show will also include electrifying performances by platinum recording artist Chris Brown, R. Kelly and many more.
Dwyane Wade, affectionately known as D. Wade, has established himself as one of the most well-known figures in sports. Currently in the 2013 NBA playoffs, Wade consistently proves his athleticism and prowess on the court and continues to be a role model to people of every generation. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, he founded the Wade’s World Foundation in 2003, which provides educational support in the focus area of literacy, health, and mentor/fatherhood initiatives to youth in underserved communities primarily in Chicago, Milwaukee, and the South Florida region.
In 2010, he co-founded with former teammate Alonzo Mourning the “Athlete’s Relief Fund for Haiti,” which raised over $1 million for relief efforts due to the earthquake. Wade is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of fatherhood. In 2011, he was appointed to President Obama’s Fatherhood Task Force and this past year became a
New York Times best-selling author of A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.
Wade joins a distinguished list of BET Awards Humanitarian recipients who have been honored for their philanthropic efforts toward charitable causes including Reverend Al Sharpton, Steve Harvey, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, Quincy Jones, Don Cheadle, Harry Belafonte, Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington, Danny Glover, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Muhammad Ali.