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Top Dad: D-Wade Earns Fatherhood Award

By Chris Torres
|  Friday, Jun 17, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 AM EDT
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Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and son Zaire watch the action between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2010 NBA Finals.

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Dwyane Wade has plenty of awards on his mantelpiece for his exploits in the NBA, but the latest honor for the Heat star is for his work off the court with his kids.

On Thursday, Wade was named the 2011 recipient of a Fatherhood Award courtesy of the National Fatherhood Initiative for his "dedication to his two sons," the NFI said in a statement.

"This Fatherhood Award reflects Dwyane's commitment to being the kind of dad his sons need him to be," said NFI president Roland C. Warren. "He gives dads everywhere a great example of what it means to be an involved, responsible, and committed father."

The NFI cited Wade's dedication to influence underprivileged young in Miami and his hometown of Chicago through his Wade's World Foundation, which he began in 2005.

"I am so thrilled to be given this award, especially because it is in recognition of most important thing in my life, my kids. Nothing in the world compares to the happiness that they bring me each and every day," Wade said in a statement.
 
The 29-year-old has had to balance work and family in a way most couldn’t imagine. He has made two NBA finals appearances in the last five years, including an NBA Championship in 2006, a Finals MVP award the same year, and a magnificent run during the 2010-2011 season that ended in Miami with a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Wade was recently awarded custody of his two sons.

The NFI has been giving out the Fatherhood Award since 1997.

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