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Dwyane Wade to receive special award from Hall of Fame

Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is one of the most decorated NBA players. He is a 12-time All-Star, 8-time All-NBA, 3-time champion and has various other accolades. In addition to that, he will also receive one more accolade, this time from the Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame decided to honor Wade with Mannie Jackson Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. Hall of Fame president and CEO John Doleva spoke to Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman and confirmed Wade is receiving the award.

“The Mannie Jackson Award is an esteemed honor awarded only to those with the highest level of dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Doleva. “The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to recognize Bob Hurley, Nancy Lieberman and Dwyane Wade as three exceptional humanitarians who have used basketball as a platform to improve the world around them, while creating opportunities for the next generation of leaders.”

In terms of Wade in particular, the Hall of Fame published this statement, via Winderman:

“Understanding that his life is bigger than basketball, 12-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade and his family established the Wade’s World Foundation in 2003, a nonprofit charity organization dedicated to giving back to at-risk communities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and the South Florida region. The foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities that enable children to overcome challenges, excel academically and reach their maximum potential while focusing on the initiatives of literacy, health and fatherhood. With a personal goal to give every child a shot at life, Dwyane and WWF support a variety of programs including literacy initiatives, youth basketball clinics, court refurbishments and holiday giving. Wade and his foundation have received numerous awards over the past 14 years including the NBA Cares season-long Kia Community Assist Award in 2013 and the BET Humanitarian Award.”

This award was won by multiple NBA players in the past. It was won by Chris Paul, Magic Johnson, Grant Hill, Jalen Rose, Steve Smith, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, and David Robinson.