D-Wade excels at basketball, gift giving

Because former Marquette player Dwyane Wade is sort of an adopted son to Indiana fans now, I thought  I’d comment on this story, which you’ve probably already seen. The gist of it is that, well, Wade gave somebody a house (and various accouterments) for Christmas.

To be totally forthcoming, I’ve been critical of the sort of coverage that sometimes springs from athletes giving. So many of the stories strike me as hollow and sappy. Because I tend to believe that much is expected of those to whom much is given. Wade buying somebody a house is like the Average Joe giving his $500 a year to United Way or his church; Wade’s last contract was worth a reported $63 million over four years (which probably isn’t bad for a guy averaging 29 points, 7 assists and 2.2 steals per game). That’s not even taking into account his endorsement deals.

But something about this just struck me as …. right. Maybe it’s the time of year, or maybe it’s the tough financial times, or maybe it’s all the talk we’ve had this year of the markets falling and bailouts needed and “wealth redistribution” suddenly becoming the same as socialism and jobs lost and so on and so on…. but this one hit me differently.

I’ve been around big-time sports long enough to know it’s not the place to find inspiration. But Wade’s message got through to me, even if it was a comparatively small gesture by him that will embolden me for just a few days before I lapse back into the world of people who compare cars and houses and watches and rings as a way of measuring themselves.

One comment

  1. Looks like I am one of the few stuck in Bloomingulch to respond.

    In general, I would have to agree. While it is easy to give at that income level, at least he did. My charitable donations pale in comparison, but hopefully it is from a similar heart. I wonder how many multi-million athletes give nothing? I wonder how many financially blessed regular folk give nothing? In the end it only matters what you do yourself. Giving is in response to what has been given to you. Good job Dwayne.

Comments are closed.