‘Bigger Than Basketball': Budweiser Tribute Video Shows Five Lives Influenced by Dwyane Wade

"I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player," Wade's mom told him

The inspiring impact from Dwyane Wade's career stretched beyond the court. It reached the hearts of people.

Ahead of Wade's final regular season home game in Miami, Budweiser released an emotional tribute video about the lives he influenced.

Five people are featured in the video that mirrors Wade's season-long tradition of swapping jerseys with other NBA players.

1. The sister of longtime Wade fan Joaquin Oliver, who was killed in the Parkland school shooting:

"My brother Joaquin loved you from the beginning," she said. "You're not Wade the basketball player, legend – you're the human being that took the time and, on his own, wrote my brother's name on his shoe, and you cared."

In the swap, she gave him the basketball jersey Joaquin wore on his last championship game.

She wrote on the jersey: "Please don't forget my brother Joaquin."

2. A woman who was able to attend college thanks to his Wade's World Foundation:

"It was always my dream that I get the change to go to college, but we just didn't have the money," she said. "Without you and your full-tuition scholarship, none of this would have been possible."

In the swap, she handed him the cap and gown she wore on graduation.

3. A man from Miami who rose above his circumstances and steered away from the wrong path thanks to inspiration from Wade:

"A lot of the words that you've said hit a spark and kinda changed where I was going," he said.

In the swap, he gave Wade the blazer he wore for his first job interview.

On the blazer, he wrote: "Having you as a role model has made all the difference."

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4. A woman who Wade took shopping after she lost everything in a house fire before Christmas:

"It was one of the lowest points in my life," she told Wade. "We received a phone call 'Would you mind Dwyane Wade take you and the family on a shopping spree?'"

"It just meant the world to me that you were there for us at this time," she said. "You became our hero."

5. Wade's mother, Jolinda Wade:

She recounted the difficulties she and her family faced when she was imprisoned. However, Wade continued to support her despite the odds. He would later buy her a church so she could positively influence others herself.

She gave her son a custom purple shirt to represent royalty that features his iconic No. 3 jersey number that reads: "By Faith I Believe."

"I am more proud of the man you have become than the basketball player," Wade's mom says. "You are bigger than basketball."

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