Monday , Dec , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Heat’s Wade selected as SI Sportsman of the Year

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has been selected
as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

Heat's Wade selected as SI Sportsman of the Year

Wade led the Heat to the NBA championship last June and was selected as the
Finals MVP for his performance against the Dallas Mavericks.

In addition to his budding superstardom in the NBA, Wade’s non-profit
foundation promotes social enrichment, education and physical fitness among
youth, and assists young people in reaching their educational and athletic
goals through mentoring.

“This award has always stood for more than the victory alone,” said Sports
Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell in a release. “It recognizes the
manner of an athlete’s striving and the quality of his or her efforts. Dwyane
embodies that winning spirit by playing for his team, not himself, and by
working in the community to ensure young people have the chance to realize
their own dreams.”

Wade’s selection marks the fifth time the annual honor has been awarded to an
NBA player, following Bill Russell (1968), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1985), Michael
Jordan (1991) and Tim Duncan and David Robinson (2003).

NBA player Rory Sparrow was also named as one of eight Athletes Who Care in

The last Miami-area recipient of the award was former Dolphins head coach Don
Shula (1993).