Special to South Florida Times
MIAMI — The father of one of the world’s most renown sons in modern basketball wants to help other fathers groom winners.
Dwyane Wade Sr. through his Propops Foundation, has organized a three-day Father’s Day celebration June 15-17, 2012 as a weekend for fathers and sons to learn, share and play together.
“We want to bring fathers to the forefront,” said Wade Sr., father of 12 children including Miami Heat Guard Dwyane Wade Jr. “We are losing our children. It’s obvious that people have lost focus on family, and this is a way for us to show them the way back.”
The event combines indoor and outdoor activities, panel discussions, a Celebrity Basketball Game and a closing brunch at the DoubleTree hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami, and various other locations.
With the Miami Heat in town June 17 for game three of their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Propops Communications Director Trina Taylor said some players, including Wade Jr., who is listed as a host of the celebrity basketball event, may show up. So far, she said, celebrities including former NFL and NBA fathers are signed up to play in the game, Saturday from 7:30-10 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University, 1701 N.E. 127th St., North Miami..
Wade founded the Propops — known for its Camp R.E.D (Real Education Delivered) programs — in 2007. Through the foundation children can obtain scholarships, financial assistance, tutoring, mentoring and other services. The foundation’s goal is to have children see other opportunities than what may be their everyday realities.
Wade said he launched the Father’s Day event as way to get fathers and their children to reconnect. The conference on Saturday will feature him and other dads offering solutions for improving fatherhood and the mentoring of boys.
Wade said he committed himself to children years ago in 1982 when he noticed his Robbins, Ill. home was constantly filled with neighborhood children. Wade Jr., whose father taught him to play basketball and to stay out of trouble, today is a single father and author of the soon to be released book A Father First: How My Life
Became Bigger Than Basketball, that will chronicle his own life as a father to his sons and the parallels of being the child of a single parent to his journey now as a single father.
Wade Sr. also is a founder of the organization NBA Dads. “I was a husband for 32 years, now I am just having fun,” the twice-divorced Wade Sr. said. “But I don’t go out much; I spend most of my time working for the kids and my foundation.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Propops Foundation Father’s Day Celebration
WHERE: DoubleTree hotel, 1717 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami
COST: From $15 for the Celebrity Basketball Game to $100 all-access pass for an adult and one child under 18
CONTACT: Call 786-322-9553 or visit proposusa.com
Photo: Dwyane Wade Sr.