Wade's World Foundation


Wade's World Foundation - 2012 Year in Review

Check out what we accomplished this past year and how we believe "every child deserves a shot"

All-Star Weekend


Wade’s World also sponsored a “Work Hard, Play Hard” rally at Tangelo Park Elementary to reward the students and staff for their academic achievements and remind them of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Dwyane also presented Tangelo Park Community Program with $100,000 to assist with fulfilling the educational needs and progression of its’ students.

All-Star Basketball Camp

South Florida

In order to ensure the each camper received maximum instruction from some of south Florida's top coaches, the campers were divided into small individual age based groups.  Daily, each camper played a minimum of one basketball game and participated in various camp competitions. Dwyane provided each camper with daily inspirational talks highlighting the finer points of basketball, important lessons and lifeskills.  Overall, all of the participants enjoyed a basketball camp full of fun, friendly competition, education and basketball!

5th Annual W3 Weekend


The 5th Annual W3 Weekend began on Thursday, August 23rd at Fitness Formula Club for Wade‘s World Foundation’s first Reading Playoff. The Reading Playoff program was structured just like the NBA play offs. It was a competition between 16 teams from By the Hand Club for Kids, that attended Chicago Public Schools, totaling 160 players in 4th through 8th grades. This program encourages reading, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and public speaking. The winning team received a trophy, an after party with Dwyane as well a visit from him at their school the following day.

Later that evening, WWF hosted a Benefit Dinner Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Chicago. This spectacular event was entertaining and heart-warming. This year youth from our partner BTH Club for Kids were in attendance; and they brilliantly articulated their gratitude to Mr. Wade for all of his support throughout the year and how he has changed their lives.

Day 2 of the W3 weekend began with an early morning congratulatory visit from Mr. Wade to Spencer Elementary Technology Academy (home school of the Reading Playoff winners). Mr. Wade also visited Hearst School and concluded the tour at Foscoe Park located at 1312 S. Racine.

Friday night was the 5th Annual W3 Bowling Classic presented by FlixPress at Lucky Strike Lanes. Wade’s World supporters joined Dwyane and friends for a night filled with music, fun and friendly bowling competitions.

On Saturday morning Dwyane and friends hosted the Wade's World Youth Summit presented by Forever Yogurt, where approximately 300 youth engaged in an interactive exchange of dialogue surrounding the topic of bullying and staying safe, and how to utilize the arts to combat bullying. Wade’s World is proud of the continued success of this program, 2013, will be the 5th year we have hosted this unique, high-impact program, that youth in the City of Chicago have began to look forward to each year!

In the second session, youth were divided into 4 groups: drama, spoken word, singing/rap, and visual arts. Each group showcased the renditions of the knowledge gained during the summit. Panel members and workshop guest such as Tika Sumpter, Alzono Mourning, Andrea Kelly and Coco Jones, to name a few, were extremely hands on in nurturing and encouraging the creativity of the young fresh mind to think of alternatives to and overcoming bullying.

Saturday night during W3 Weekend was definitely L I V E! Dwyane hosted his 4th Annual Chicago Has Talent Showcase at the Chicago Theatre. The show was opened with a crowd pleasing performance by Disney Star, Coco Jones and closed with an explosive performance by Teen pop sensation Jacob Latimore.

In between the guest performances was the homegrown talent from Chicago. The talent was overflowing with spectacular young artists, but somehow the judges were able to narrow it down to 17 performers/groups. Those 17 finalist received an opportunity of a lifetime, and performed for an audience of over 3,000 at the legendary Chicago Theatre.

Special guests included Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, entertainment personality Billy Dec, and actress Tika Sumpter.

The weekend concluded on Sunday at the Barrier Breakdown Transformed Community Center. WWF, along with Pastor Jolinda Wade hosted a Back to School Community Celebration. This community event was designed to assist families with the essential needs of preparing students to return to school on the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.

Student’s received school supply kits, which contained all the school supplies needed for their grade level (ie. filler paper, ruler, pens, pencils, crayons, glue, notebooks, Kleenex, etc.). Free health screenings, dental exams, and immunizations were provided on-site by trained health care professionals. School aged children also received free haircuts and beauty/grooming consultations. Families experienced an action-filled day with free food, inflatable jump houses for the children, face painting, balloon art and games.

The weekend concluded with the first annual Chicago Has ‘Gospel’ Talent Showcase. Special guest performers, gospel recording artist Dewayne Woods, Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago performed for the audience. After, performers auditioned, and in the end a Chicago Has ‘Gospel’ Talent winner was crowned.

Barrier Breakdown Transformed


Barrier Breakdown Transformed (BBT) Community Center is located on the far South side in the city of Chicago, near the West Pullman and Roseland communities. While future plans for this 12,050 square ft. site are underway, Barrier Breakdown Transformed in partnership with Wade’s World Foundation are actively serving the community.

This summer (2012) BBT hosted a free 6 week summer program sponsored by Wade’s World for over 70 youth in the community. BBT campers had a full wheel of activities this summer; campers engaged in daily Bible school lessons, bi-weekly dance instructions, art instruction and weekly field trips.

Youth also received physical fitness training from youth physical fitness trainer Bob Mehorzhk, where he conducted various drills and obstacle courses, in addition to teaching the children about the necessary nutrients needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

BBT campers received the opportunity to participate in martial art classes twice a week for 6 weeks. These campers learned much more than the basic stances, kicks and punches, they were reminded of important life values such as discipline, patience, respect and will power.

PR/Marketing executive Jada Russell and her husband Chef Julius Russell took time out of their busy schedules to share their expertise in each of their respective fields. Jada facilitated a weekly “Bright Future Workshop”, where she empowered the youth to create, explore and fulfill their goals and dreams. Each week a special guest visited the workshops to provide insight about their careers, share their experiences and conduct Q&A sessions.  Among those guests were: Comedian Damien Williams, Co-Founder of True Star magazine DeAnna McLeary, and Grammy Award Winner Hip Hop Artist Rhymefest.

Chef Julius Russell taught the campers the beginning principles of becoming a “Top Chef”. During his weekly instruction, campers were introduced to new foods, learned how to enhance the flavor of foods with natural herbs and vegetables as well as how to prepare nutritious meals at home.

BBT Community Center is continuously serving the community; the building located 12900 S. Halsted is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for early morning walkers and in the evenings various fitness classes are held. Wednesday night is Family Night, all are welcome to come out and play volleyball and gather with friends and family. Soul line dance is conducted and meet every Friday evening at 6 pm.

Watch your e-mails for more information about upcoming BBT projects.



By The Hand Club For Kids is an after school program with an emphasis on academics and a commitment to nurturing the whole child - mind, body and soul. It is strategically located throughout some of Chicago’s most impoverished inner-city communities, where overcrowded and underfunded schools abound.

The children that participate in By The Hand Club For Kids are denouncing illiteracy and poverty and ultimately changing the course of their lives. It has been reported that during the 2010-2011 school year, 73% of the By The Hand Club For Kids students passed all of their classes. This year alone By The Hand has served over 800 children.

While in Chicago last April during the NBA season, Dwyane announced the partnership between Wade’s World Foundation and By The Hand Club for Kids, at a press conference hosted at the By The Hand Club in Cabrini Green.

As a part of this partnership, Wade’s World and BTH Club For Kids launched a literacy campaign called “Reading Takes You Far”. Visit the campaign’s website, www.readingtakesyoufar.com, to learn more about how Wade’s World Foundation and BTH Club For Kids are tackling the literacy problem in Chicago.

In support of the book drive conducted by BTH and WWF, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, proclaimed June 11, 2012 BTH Club Literacy Day in Chicago.

COMING SOON to By The Hand Club & Wade’s World Foundation iPad lab.

Wade’s World Foundation is indeed excited about this partnership and is looking forward to reaching higher heights of success in getting children excited about reading and becoming lifelong learners.



Youth of the Year Scholarship recipients receive four-year full tuition scholarships to Marquette University. The inaugural class of Marquette/Youth of the Year scholarship winners, all age 18, were:

Tommy Walls, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tamara Johnson, Pojoaque, New Mexico
Ryan Allen, Kansas City, Kansas
Amaya Hamilton, Ramstein AFB, Germany

Through this national partnership each scholarship is renewable for four years provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, it is valued at more than $120,000. Present scholarship recipients are Tamara Johnson, Amaya Hamilton, Tommy Walls (Detroit, MI) and Chicago resident Nuri Navarro.

Wade's World foundation is proud to follow these youth throughout their journey to success.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami Movie Night


All of the participants met at the Sunset AMC Theatre in Miami, were provided with concession snacks, and a seat to see the box office smash, Men In Black III.

Before the movie began, Ms. Wade demonstrated the Ties That Bind principle. She expressed to the Fathers/"Bigs" the pertinence of not only being a positive but an active and committed presence in their children’s/"Little's" lives. Each Father/"Big" was asked to publicly announce their commitment to his child/"Little" by participating in a Tie Ceremony. During the ceremony, each Father/"Big" was asked to teach the male children to tie a tie and the female children to tie a friendship bracelet. Such demonstration represented a personal vow to be an irreplaceable, supportive and dependable part of each child's life.

A Father First: My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball Book Tour

Multiple Cities

A Two-Time NBA Champion, Nine-Time All-Star, an Olympic Gold Medalist — but Dwyane’s greatest accomplishment is being a dad. Many know his story on the court, but few know of his story as a father. In A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, you go through his journey, as a kid who worked hard through the struggle to keep his dreams alive in Robbins, IL, overcoming adversity and making his way to the big stage in the NBA. It seemed fitting to Dwyane for him to share his story and lessons with the world and encourage other parents to fully connect with their children to be the best parents they can be.



Art Basel 2012,Wade’s World Foundation partnered with Art Studio and Artist Billi Kid to provide inspiration to the young artist. 

A Night on the Runwade


Wade’s World hosted their first annual Miami runway benefit show. The event treated guests to a cocktail reception and elegant dinner, followed by live music and a presentation featuring looks by Versace, Dsquared2 and a Miami specialty store, The Webster. Emceed by Today Show fashion correspondent Jill Martin, who also took part in a fashion Q&A with Wade, the evening drew in the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Gabrielle Union, Chris Bosh and James Jones.

3 Under the Tree


3 Under the Tree 2012 began on Friday, December 21, at the home of Welline Rose Lubin.  Two weeks prior, an electrical fire destroyed the family's Hallandale Beach Apartment, leaving Ms. Lubin and her two children homeless. Dwyane and our Executive Director, Tragil Wade, surprised the family with Christmas gifts and home makeover, including furniture and appliances, for their new Hollywood apartment. When asked about how the surprise home makeover had impacted her life Welline Rose Lubin stated, "It can't get any better than this. It's great!"

On Saturday, Dwyane surprised 10 Miami families with a $1,000 shopping spree at Target. For the 5th Year Wade’s World Foundation partnered with Neighbors for Neighbors and local Miami churches to select well deserving families that were in need this holiday season.

The Caneus family was among one of the ten families selected, Mr. and Mrs. Caneus and their four children ages 8, 6, 4, and 9 months, lived in Haiti during the devastating earthquake in 2010. When Mrs. Caneus arrived at Target Saturday morning, December 22, she was unsure of what to expect and was anxious to learn just what her "holiday gift basket" would consist of. Before the surprise was revealed Mrs. Caneus stated that she and her family would be pleased with anything that was offered. Overwhelmed with joy the Caneus family was speechless when they met the NBA All-Star Champion and learned of the $1,000 shopping spree, which they used to  purchase food, clothing and other household items.

To conclude the holiday festivities, Dwyane decided to do things a little different this year and keep things "within the family". In an effort to promote and strengthen relationships between fathers and their children, he and the WWF team hosted an afternoon of food, fun and games for 200 children and fathers at South Florida's Santa's Enchanted Forest. Dwyane also presented each father with an autographed copy of his New York Times best seller, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball. Each child received a Target gift card to purchase a Christmas gift of their liking.

The participants in this event were identified by the following local organizations that promote mentorship and/or fatherhood initiatives: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, Girl Power, Fatherz in the Hood, Save Our Sons, South Florida Care Mentoring Initiative and Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami.