Being a single parent is tough. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade knows the struggle just as much as anyone. This September, the former cover star is set to release a book on fatherhood, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.

According to the Huffington Post, playing basketball has always been Wade’s life’s dream, being a father means so much more to him. “As a child, I grew up with aspirations to one day be a professional basketball player, and I am living that dream every day as a proud member of the Miami Heat,” Wade said. “However, the daily role I play in the lives of my two children is the single most significant undertaking of my life, and the job I take most seriously.”

Wade’s road to this point has been rocky. In 2011 he won sole custody of his two boys, Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, from ex-wife Siohvaughn.

Most recently, Wade participated in the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend’s Fatherhood Heroes round table discussion. He told the room of fathers, “I don’t have to share [my story] with people, but I felt there was a need,” she said. “So many people came up to me in this process, so many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how I did it and why I believed I could do it.”

Just yesterday, Wade revealed that his two kids are always on his mind and heart whenever he thinks of Trayvon Martin. He said the tragedy, “hit home.”