DC Got Heat. Miami Heat, That Is

Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade stopped in the Nation's Capital this weekend to promote his new book, A Father First.  Wade made an appearance Saturday during the 2012 Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference, held at the Washington Convention Center.

Baller turned author, Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade signs 'A Father First'.  Photo/CD Brown.
Wade's book recounts his childhood and his journey to fatherhood that includes his bitter custody battle that ended with him being awarded sole custody of his sons, in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Wade has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises.

During his book signing, Heat fan Joy Jackson who had been waiting in line for Wade to autograph her book, arrived wearing a Miami Heat jersey.  "Here's a real fan here", said Wade to which Jackson replied, "I've been a fan all the way."

A member of the 2011 NBA champions Miami Heat, we asked Wade if the Heat can bring fans another championship.   "We're going to try", he said.  

Training camp for the Heat begins in less than two weeks.   Wade says he's "ready".

Etan Thomas signs his book Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge. Photo/CD Brown.
Wade joined another NBA player turned author, the former Washington Wizards Etan Thomas.  Thomas signed copies of his latest book, also on the subject of fatherhood, titled Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge. 

Wade and Thomas join ranks with several athletes this year with new books out.   New York Giants' Victor Cruz and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick both have books out this year.