NBA Superstar Coaches UK Youths

Posted by Benjamin Baird
August 13, 2012

NBA superstar, and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Dwyane Wade set aside some time last week, to coach UK kids. Wade is mentoring the London-area kids to teach them how to succeed in life through sport. Lessons he teaches his own sons. Since 2011, the Miami Heat guard has taken part in U.S. President Barack Obama's Fatherhood Initiative. Wade says the London 2012 Games are a chance for parents to use athletics to show their kids how diverse the world can be.

"The great thing about Olympic Sports and Olympic time is that you get the opportunity to watch sports that you might not have known nothing about or you might not have watched before...I know my kids love sports so it just makes it a little bit easier to say you don't like this one try this one. You don't like this one try this one. It just gives them more opportunities, more options. That's what you want as a parent. You want to give your kids options."

This London basketball clinic was one of many that American athletes took part in during the Olympics. Accompanying Wade was American Ambassador Louis Susman, who said the Olympics gives U.S. athletes the chance to act as ambassadors themselves.

A full gallery of Dwyane Wade and Ambassador Susman at the NBA kids clinic can be found on U.S. Embassy London's Flickr site.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears on the U.S. Embassy in London's blog.



New Mexico, USA
August 15, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Benjamin B.,

Will you please convey to our friends across the pond for me that in this former colonial's humble opinion; "The Brits know how to do an Olympics proper, and it's been a very good show they can certainly be proud to have put on for the entire world."




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