D-WADE IS SANTA
Old 12-27-2008, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another reason why Dwyane is my favourite baller

MIAMI - When Dwyane Wade heard the plight of a South Florida woman whose nephew accidentally burned down her home - and ruined all the family's possessions - the Miami Heat star knew he had to do something.

So he replaced the house.

Wade presented Dawn Smith with the ultimate Christmas gift on Wednesday - the keys to a new home, along with some furnishings, clothing and gifts to make sure her family has a joyous holiday, something that didn't seem likely just a few weeks ago.

"That's what I try to teach my kids," said Wade, whose foundation has hosted several charity events this holiday season, mostly for needy children. "It's not about what you're going to receive - it's what you can give to others from what you've received."

Smith couldn't hold back happy sobs when she saw the home for the first time.

"A big time relief," Smith said, clearly overcome by emotion. "Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Oh, God, thank you so much."

The NBA's leading scorer this season had a simple message: "Hopefully, you'll like it."

Wade's other holiday events this year included a party for 350 children on Monday, and hosting 100 kids at Tuesday night's Heat game against the Golden State Warriors. He also donated US$10,000 to each of three children's organizations, but said he was particularly touched by his gift to the Smith family.

"We can help this family have a new beginning," Wade said.


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Old 12-27-2008, 02:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Truely one of the classier ppl in all of sports, not just the NBA, way to go Dwayne.
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Old 12-27-2008, 04:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dwayne wade is amazing
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Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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WAAAAAADDDE
thats good of him.
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This doesnt impress me at all, but at least he does something. Although he probably does it to pay less taxes.
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Classy move by a class act. I heard this on the game the other night, and you could tell that it wasn't just for publicity.

Props to D-Wade!
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This doesnt impress me at all, but at least he does something. Although he probably does it to pay less taxes.
lol amazing when ppl do nice things they get shit on, when they dont, they get shit on, so ppl wonder why more ppl dont do nice things, because you get the same result, ppl thinking you have ulterior motives, believe me, you cant just go around helping ppl like the fairy godmother and write it all off on taxes, or everybody would just be doing this.
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Old 12-28-2008, 09:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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lol amazing when ppl do nice things they get shit on, when they dont, they get shit on, so ppl wonder why more ppl dont do nice things, because you get the same result, ppl thinking you have ulterior motives, believe me, you cant just go around helping ppl like the fairy godmother and write it all off on taxes, or everybody would just be doing this.
First of all, if you do something nice, dont make it public, theres absolutely no need to make this think public unless you are more interested on your image than helping people.

Just like the "NBA cares" crap, this millionares go once a year to read books to kids with a camera filming them so they can feel better about themselves and they look good with the team fans and thats it. 3 hours of their magnifique lives.

This people give 10.000 dolars out of their 100.000.000 fortunes and give it to a crappy charity wich also lets them pay less taxes. No efffort needed at all BTW.

This people spend millions and millions in stupid crap like diamonds, cars, clothe, etc... I dont have anything against having a nice house and all that. But buying a million dollar ring and saying you care about people is bullshit. If you cared about people you wouldnt spend so much money in so many frivolous crap. What can a 1 million dollar do to you? Nothing. What can it do if you invest it on a little company thats struggling. Maybe letting 500 people keep their jobs.

THATS helping people. Help people keep their jobs, invest it on clean resources(wich can also give you even more money to help people). Start a true project with Unicef that builds schools, hospitals and sends teachers and medics to sttrugling countries in south america/Africa/Asia, etc...
There are so many good things you can do with money and none of this people are doing it. To think that atheletes, actors and similar go around as saints makes me sick when theres so many people dedicating their whole lives to the rest that are lest fortunate than us and they are not millionares.

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^Lol, youre just a negative person, and how do you expect an act like this to stay out of the public? There is always someone that spreads it, I'm pretty sure the woman told EVERYONE that a superstar basketball player Dwyane Wade bought her a new house. But forreal he helped out a family during Christmas after a terrible accident it was a nice deed no need to shit on him for it, most people wouldn't do shit. Hell, why don't you go to Africa and help out people in need, you don't need money to do it. My grade 6 teacher spent a huge chunk of her life helping african children in Rwanda read, write etc.
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Even if it's a small portion of their money, at least their using some of it to help others. If you look at the alternative of not helping at all, I'd rather have the players help out (and "promote their image") than sit around and do nothing at all.

Sure they CAN take it a step further and whatnot, but ultimately it's their money and they have the right to do whatever they can with it, whether it's spending it on a hummer with 100 inch rims or whatever. I'm sure we can all preach to anyone who's a financial class above us to do more, but things are always different if your placed in someone else's shoes.

Edit: You also mention about doing things like this for media attention, well how will we know what someone does if its not reported in the media? I'm sure Wade does many more things in his community on a much smaller scale than this and we'd never hear about it in the papers and the internet. We don't have all-knowing insight into the lives of athletes and why they do things.

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Old 12-28-2008, 02:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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This people have EVERYTHING in live, they do something thats takes them a minimal effort (and benefits them in many ways) and you beatificate them. Nice festure, maybe, does he deserve any admiration for doing something well, not a chance. Pretty sad.
You cant preach social justice and then live a fribolous life. We already have Bono for that.
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lol i wont even get deeper into this, think it thru.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You're not getting the point. You paint Wade in a way that views him as a selfish and uncaring individual with only individual pursuits. Is that true? To a certain degree, I mean most players in NBA are driven to play basketball for monetary reasons, and that's their motivation. Fine. But what you fail to see is that what he did actually HELPED someone. I mean, it doesn't get any more simple than that. Let's just appreciate the fact that someone has a home for the holidays.
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bel, don't be that guy

wade could have just as easily walked away after hearing the story. he did something. whether it was for PR or tax relief, he still did something that helped others in need. everyone should appreciate that.
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Again, it was a nice gesture, but it doesnt impress me at all. Im not going to say DWade is awesome for this like many people think in here.
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not directly related, but interesting:

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NBA players who set up charitable foundations don't always contribute as much as expected because of poor management and the high cost of fundraisers.

The analysis was made by The Salt Lake Tribune, which studied tax records filed by NBA player charities. It analyzed 89 stand-alone NBA player charities and published the results in a series of stories Sunday.
Together, the charities reported revenue of at least $31 million between 2005 and 2007. But only about 44 cents of every dollar raised -- or just $14 million -- actually reached needy causes, far below the 65 cents most philanthropic groups view as acceptable. The newspaper found that many organizations were left in the inexperienced hands of a friend or relative.
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thats what Im talking about
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So we would probably condemn him and others like him for not helping out , but we will also condemn him for helping out because he's not doing it the right way or for the right reasons?
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Leave the fucking guy alone

D-Wade is amazing nba player, he seem's like a genuwine guy off the court but we don't know him personally.

He goes what he has to on the court and off the court... If he was in a Raptors uniform, you all wouldn't say shit and love him even more.

There is NO freakin reason to discuss this any further
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