In this day and age, the role of a father in a child's life is more important thatn ever. And it seems more dads are stepping up to the plate.  Miami Heats Superstar, Dwayne Wade's dishes on why it is so important for him to have custody of his boys and how he is handling being a single parent in his new book.

“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,” he 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.” - Dwayne Wade

In Dwayne Wade's upcoming book “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.”

Dwyane talks about his transformation as a child of a single parent and playing basketball in Chicago where he grew up, to becoming a single father of two young boys. The book will be published by William Morrow of HarperCollins Publishers in September, and falls in line with the need for positive examples of fatherhood Dwyane says he observed, particularly in the past few years.

While he was going through his custody battle with ex-wife Siohvaughn, he says so many people came up to him asking why he fought for custody of his kids and why he thought he could handle being a single parent. For answers to these questions and more, be sure to pick up his book Fall 2012.