MIAMI – County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez celebrated “Miami-Wade County Proclamation” signaling the start of the We Want Wade Week with our beloved #33, Alonzo Mourning, who is also the Vice President of Player Programs.
County Commissioners Dorrin D. Rolle and Rebeca Sosa also participated in the celebration, which included the unveiling of a customized county logo featuring Heat colors and Dwyane Wade’s name.
Burnie, the official mascot of the Miami HEAT, and the dancers energized hundreds of fans of all ages who were waving signs and cheering “We Want Wade” at the lobby of the Stephen Clark Center.
Many Wade admirers wrote messages in an oversized card asking him to stay in his county. The event took place Wednesday, June 30, 2010, a day before the start of the NBA free-agency negotiating period.
“What better way to get Dwyane Wade to consider staying with the Miami Heat than by letting him know Miami-Wade County will always be his home in the hearts of the fans,” said Commissioner Joe Martinez, who sponsored legislation for the name of the county to be changed to “Miami-Wade County” from July 1-7, 2010.
County Commissioner Joe A. Martinez presenting proclamation to Alonzo Mourning
During the event, Alonzo Mourning said that the team expects the former NBA scoring champion to stay and that he was confident it will happen. “Pat Riley is a company guy,” Mourning said. “He’s going to do what he can to make sure the organization is successful. I can’t read Pat’s mind, but in my 16 years of being around this man, I do know he’s going to do everything remotely possible to bring a world championship back to this organization.”
“There prospect of the Miami Heat being a “Dream Team” with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris is every exciting, added Commissioner Martinez.
Burnie getting the fans pumped up for “Wade-County.