Haute 100 Miami Update: Dwyane Wade

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami list is Dwyane Wade, star shooting guard of The Miami Heat.

Dwyane Wade

Category: Athletes

Company: Miami Heat

Industry: Basketball

What Makes Him Haute: The Chicago native came to Miami in 2003 when he was selected fifth overall in the NBA draft. He has been a force for the Heat ever since, earning a spot on the All-Rookie Team his first season. He went on to lead the team to its first NBA World Championship in 2006 and got crowned MVP, and then led Team USA to a gold medal in the Olympics. Today, Wade continues to wow the crowds with his athletic prowess. Equally impressive off the court, he has earned respect for his strong community involvement helping at-risk youths through his Wade’s World Foundation

What Makes him Haute: With a projected salary for 2011 of $14.2 million, Dwyane Wade is commonly titled as being a part of the Miami Heat’s powerhouse, the Big 3. Off the court however, Dwyane Wade has just been named the recipient of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for the 2010 off-season. This is Wade’s third NBA Cares Community Assist Award, in recognition of his efforts in the community and other philanthropic work (2004, 2007). The NBA presents the Community Assist Award monthly during the season and once following each off-season.

Wade’s work includes efforts to support families and youth in his hometown of Chicago and in Miami. Through his organization, Wade’s World Foundation, Wade raised nearly $800,000 in charitable donations during the 2010 off-season. Wade’s organization, launched in 2003, provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for at-risk youth. Concerning his philanthropic involvement, Wade was quoted as saying, “One of the best things about being a professional athlete is our ability to give back.”

“There is so much need out there, and I really enjoy doing my part by supporting communities and families in my hometown of Chicago, the city of Miami, and beyond.”

During the season opener game Oct 26 against the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat guard’s performance proved to be a shaky start. After an injury to his right hamstring on Oct. 5, Wade missed out on three weeks of pre-season practice. In a turn-around during the Wednesday night game against the 76ers, he bounced back. Scoring a team high of 30 points, Wade’s performance foreshadowed a season that will likely uphold his expected duties as part of the Heat’s Big 3.

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