MIAMI — Dwyane Wade continues to earn recognition for his support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
On Monday, the NBA announced that Wade has earned the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for March because of his support for Douglas and the Parkland community since 14 students and three adults were killed at the school by a lone gunman on Feb. 14. The award is presented each month to the player who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.
Wade will be presented the award during an on-court ceremony before Monday’s home game against the Thunder. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the Dwyane Wade Family Foundation.
“Obviously it’s an honor,” Wade said of the award. “You got so many guys around this league that are doing amazing things in their communities. So obviously no one does it to be rewarded the Community Assist Award. But it’s great when the NBA takes notice of individuals who are doing great things, great deeds and awards them. I just came back here at a time of need for this community and was able to put some fingerprints on what was going on. So I’m honored and I’m thankful. But I don’t do it for that.”
Wade surprised Douglas students on March 7 by visiting the school and meeting with students and school officials on the first full day of classes after the tragedy. Additionally, Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, donated $200,000 to help students from his hometown of Chicago join the “March For Our Lives” rallies held on March 24.
Wade also helped turn an empty warehouse in the Wynwood district of Miami into a tribute to honor the victims of the shooting, calling it the “Parkland 17.”
On a more personal level, Wade dedicated the remainder of the season to Joaquin Oliver — one of the Douglas shooting victims — and invited Joaquin’s mom, dad and sister to a Heat game and presented them with custom shoes and a game worn jersey. The 17-year-old Joaquin was buried in a Wade jersey.
Wade is also a finalist for the 2017-18 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented to a player, coach or athletic trainer who demonstrates outstanding service and dedication to the community.