Wade turned to sports, especially basketball and football, to avoid the temptations of participating in drug and gang-related activities. Wade quickly found success as a wide receiver on the football team, but he needed to work extremely hard to earn playing time on the varsity basketball team during his junior year.
Wade's mom and dad would often take him to the park to play basketball. Wade has stated that his high school coach, Jack Fitzgerald, was one of the most positive influences in his life during this time.
Wade's performance during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2003 NCAA Tournament was highly publicized by the national press.
Against heavily favored, top-ranked and top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, Wade recorded a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
He was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following twelve seasons.
In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP.
Wade, then a sophomore at Marquette, went home for Christmas to be with his mom, who he believed was clean and sober for the first time in his life.
Jolinda was given custody of the two children, and she moved to her mother's house with them.
The family struggled financially, and it was around that time when Jolinda started dealing drugs.
born January 17, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After a successful college career at Marquette, Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.