Dwyane Wade’s son, Zion Wade, is twelve years old today. Proud papa Dwyane took to Instagram earlier today to send birthday wishes to his tween.

He wrote, “Happy 12th Birthday to my mini-me Zion! I’ve asked you over and over not to grow up on me and now look at you. Getting taller. Becoming more and more good looking everyday and teaching all of us along the way. I love the kid that you are and i love the young man that you’re becoming. I am so thankful that i was chosen to be your father and guide you thru this world. Continue to be brave. Continue to be the smartest person in the room. Continue to be Zion Malachi Wade!”


Last month, the former NBA player joined other family members in supporting Zion at the Miami Beach Pride, which yearly celebrates “proud South Florida LGBTQ families, friends, co-workers and allies.”

“We support each other with Pride,” Wade wrote on Instagram over a photo of  Zion, who was pictured with his bonus mom, actress Gabrielle Union.

On another image, Dwyane, who was away for a NBA game, wrote, “Zion had his own cheering section today. Wish i was there to see you smile kid!” He included a rainbow pride flag emoji on the post.

Zion and Zaire are Wade’s children with ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches. The retired basketball player is also dad to daughter Kaavia James Union-Wade,5 months, and son Xavier Zechariah, 5. He also raises his nephew Dahveon Morris, 17.

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