Dwyane Wade is teaming up with James Patterson to help kids read. The Miami ‘Heat’ star and bestselling author recently visited Ponce de Leon Middle School in Coral Gables to encourage students to read more.

Patterson, who has written several bestselling novels, has long been a supporter of anything that will increase the literacy rate among school-aged children telling the press, “It’s a massive problem. Dwyane and I have the same agenda: We want to get more kids reading. For me, this is about saving lives.”

With the same passion, Wade believes that books give kids big imaginations that lead to big dreams and success in life. “I was a big dreamer. Today, my life is so busy. … Reading is my time. I can become someone else. And the most fun I have is reading with my kids,” says the Miami ‘Heat’ player.

The students at Ponce de Leon Middle School enjoyed Dwyane and James’ company, and were overjoyed at the idea of reading a book when the two left. Wade has two kids-Zion and Zaire-with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.


Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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