Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade Funds Literacy Program at Marquette University

dwanye-wade-portraitDwyane Wade, a star player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association and an alumnus of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has pledged to donate $195,000 over three years through his Wade’s World Foundation to support a program to reduce the racial literacy gap among inner-city children.

The funds will be used to launch the Live to Dream summer reading program for second and third graders in Milwaukee public schools. Tutors from the university’s Ralph C. Hartman Literacy and Learning Center will help the children overcome any reading problems. Children will receive free transportation to the center for tutoring sessions. A book drive was held at a recent men’s basketball game at Marquette where attendees were asked to donate a book appropriate for young readers that will given to children in the summer reading program.

“Marquette has always been a champion of literacy, and this significant gift from Dwyane Wade and his foundation will give more children at risk of reading failure a much greater chance at a high quality of life,” said Dr. William Henk, dean of the College of Education. “To ensure their success in today’s world, we need to help them become skilled and confident in terms of their ability to read, write and listen.”

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  1. Mrs. Frances Newbern Bailey says:

    Thank you Dwayne Wade for giving back. I hope that your giving will encourage more of our athletes to contribute to the education of our youngsters. I believe that most of the problems that we have is caused by the inability to read.
    I taught high school for 40 years. Many of my students became disciplinary problems when they could not read. They were ashamed!

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