Donning a red and white Santa hat, Miami Heat guard and NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade spent time with other fathers and their children at Santa’s Enchanted Forest.
The day was the result of a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters that identified 100 deserving fathers and their children. Wade, alongside girlfriend Gabrielle Union, signed his book A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.
Wade and the Wade’s World Foundation continue to give back to the community year after year.
“You know, every year we try to bring out different families in the communities,” the father of two told NBC 6 South Florida. “This year, we invited a lot of fathers to try and come out.”
Father Christopher Johnson was at the event with his 1-year-old daughter India. He said Wade taught him how to be a better father and a better man.
“I just feel very blessed this afternoon,” he told NBC 6 South Florida. “Not only to meet Dwyane Wade, but to spend it with my child.”
Wade said the “day of fun” was important to build the father-child relationship.
“Anytime I get the opportunity to put dads and their kids together in a cool environment, in a fun environment, where they can spend time with them different from what they normally do, I try, as a foundation we try, to do that,” he said.
The Wade’s World Foundation said it supports educational, health and family service programs.
“I’ve been blessed with so many different things in my life that I’m just happy that I’m able to do it,” he said.