When I first saw this documentary, I was simply blown away! It was so authentic and inspiring; As a basketball player dreaming of one going pro myself, it really gave me a broader perspective of the different journeys that athletes go through in order to obtain their ultimate goal.
My high school English teacher once told me about the “Resiliency Factor.” She defined it as people who are at a disadvantage have more motivation to be successful no matter disproportionate the odds are stacked against them. Dwyane Wade and his story is the epitome of the “Resiliency Factor.”
Dwayne Wade practically built his untouchable legacy out from the south-side of Chicago where dreams are often mere figments of people’s imagination. For the first 8 or 9 years of Wade’s young life he spent time with his mom, Jolinda Wade, and his 3 older sisters. But as Jolinda Wade became entangled in drugs, she knew that Dwayne had to move in with his dad until she got better. When Dwyane moved in with his dad, he learned how to become a man and also was molded into a basketball phenom.
At Richard’s High School, Wade put all the skills he had learned in his father’s backyard to work. Wade’s high school coach, Jack Fitzgerald, said it best, “The best way to describe Dwayne’s game is fearlessness… he was never afraid.”
Wade could never be denied and it showed on the floor. But off the floor, Wade had failed to pass his college entry exam which postponed his playing career at Marquette University. However, with the help of his head coach, Tom Crean, Wade was given that chance a year later and he would not tarnish the opportunity.
At Marquette University, he played with a sense of urgency that was unmatched. Marquette coach Tom Crean reiterates, “He [Wade] was a master of the game. And had a real killer instinct.”
Wade would eventually, go down as one of the best players to ever go to Marquette. And, Wade was not done there. In the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade was selected fifth overall by the Miami Heat. In 2006, Wade did the unthinkable by leading the Heat to a NBA championship over the Dallas Mavs.
Wade has solidified himself as a first ballot Hall of Famer. And throughout his high school, college, and professional campaign, he has defied all the odds through his resiliency and fearlessness.
In the beginning of the documentary Wade stressed, “When I played basketball, I didn’t worry about when the next meal was coming. It was just about me, the basketball and the court.”This quote embodies the passion that Wade as well as many aspiring basketball players, like myself, express about this