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Hall of Fame Guard and Miami Heat Legend Dwyane Wade Donates $3 Million to Marquette University

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It has been an incredibly eventful birthday week for the legendary Hall of Fame guard, Dwyane Wade. Marking the occasion, Wade has made a noteworthy philanthropic contribution of $3 million to Marquette University—a generous gesture two decades after he led the Golden Eagles to their last Final Four appearance.

The announcement of this impactful donation took place during the 17th-ranked Golden Eagles’ game against the Villanova Wildcats. In a halftime news conference, Wade, who was present at the game, expressed his commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation. He stated, “I’ve always talked about, when a door opens, not squeezing through that door and letting it close by me – holding it open. This is an opportunity to hold that door open for our next generation.”

Wade’s substantial gift will support various initiatives at Marquette, including the expansion of the school’s summer reading program for Milwaukee children, the establishment of a Wade Scholars program benefiting low-income students, and the enhancement of the university’s athletic and human performance research center. Notably, this expansion will incorporate a new practice facility for the men’s basketball program, which is currently in the fundraising and development phase. In recognition of his contribution, the court will be named after Dwyane Wade.

Reflecting on the importance of practice in his own career, Wade shared, “The games are when fans get the opportunity to come and enjoy all the hard work that’s put in behind the scenes. But practice, that’s where my money was made. That’s where my legacy was built. And so for each kid that will come through this university to be able to see that name on that court, hopefully, that’s the message—that they understand this is where legacy is built, this is where you take advantage of the opportunities given to you.”

Dwyane Wade, a key player for Marquette from 2001-03, played a crucial role in leading the Golden Eagles to the Final Four in 2003. His stellar collegiate career paved the way for him to become a three-time NBA champion and an eight-time all-NBA performer with the Miami Heat franchise.

The announcement of Wade’s generous donation comes on the heels of another honor, as the Miami Heat revealed their plan to build an 8-foot bronze statue of him outside the Kaseya Center. During a ceremony on Sunday which honored Wade’s induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the bronze statue is set to be unveiled in the fall of 2024. Approaching his 42nd birthday, Wade expressed gratitude, stating, “It’s a great way to start the 42nd birthday week. At 42, it isn’t really a cool birthday. Nobody’s celebrating in between 40 and 45, right? But I have no idea, I can’t put into words what these last few hours have been. … I’m very grateful. I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world because of all the opportunities and all the places that I get to sit.”

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