Wade Receives Father of the Year Award

Dwyane Wade and his son, Zaire

MIAMI, June 5 – HEAT guard Dwyane Wade will be among eight men honored at the 66th Annual National Father of the Year Luncheon presented by the National Father’s Day Committee on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Sheraton NY Hotel & Towers in Manhattan.

Wade, along with fellow sports honorees Tom Glavine of the New York Mets and Hulk Hogan of WWE fame, will be presented with Father of the Year trophies by MC Ozzie Smith, a Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop and a 1986 National Father of the Year.

The trio of sports figures will be joined by fellow winners Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the current U.S. Army Chief of Staff; Former U.S. Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, who is now a Democratic candidate for President in 2008; Allen Sirkin, President & COO of Phillips-Van Heusen; Harry Smith, co-host of CBS-TV’s “The Early Show;” and middle school principal Laurence Whitcomb of Great Valley, NY, who was named America’s “Ashok Sani All-Star Dad” in a competition sponsored by the National Father’s Day Committee, Men’s Health magazine and the Sani Family Foundation.

Proceeds from the function, which includes a silent auction conducted by Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, will be donated to Save the Children’s US Programs, which benefit almost 35,000 youngsters who live in areas of persistent rural poverty in America.

The National Father’s Day Committee is a not-for-profit, non-commercial organization that strives to heighten the meaning and observance of Father’s Day, raise funds for philanthropic purposes and present “Father of the Year” Awards to deserving fathers of high accomplishment in their chosen fields who have also exhibited enormous achievement as parents.

Previous Fathers of the Year from the world of sports have included Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, George Forman, Patrick Ewing, Andy Pettitte, Jim Kelly, Joe Frazier and Boomer Esiason.