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‘What a Brave and Beautiful Soul’: Dwyane Wade’s Heartfelt Post About His Mom Learning to Swim at 65 Has Fans All In Their Feelings

Although Dwyane Wade is busy with his own family with his wife Gabrielle Union, in true good son fashion, he still makes sure to show up for his mama when she needs it.

The 38-year-old Miami Heat player supported his mother Jolinda Wade in person as she “conquered her fear of swimming” after she’d avoided entering swimming pools for “51 years.”

Dwyane Wade and his mother Jolinda Wade share loving looks. (Photo: @dwyanewade/Instagram)

“For as long as I can remember my mother has said she’s gonna learn how to swim one day,” Wade wrote in his Aug. 18 post. “Well today was that day. At 65 years old and after 51 years of not going into pool water. My mother conquered her fear of swimming today. Watching her overcome this fear was so damn Inspiring. Iam a proud son🖤 @jolindaw”

In the first image, he and his mother, all decked out in her black bathing suit and swimming cap, look lovingly at each other. The second shows Mama Wade in action, using a pool float to help her steady herself in the water.

Wade’s support of his mom and the determination that she showed to learn in spite of her fears melted fans’ hearts.

“A love between a son and a mother,” wrote one follower.

“Black people do NOT play bout no damn water 😩 glad she got over her fears tho ❤️,” a second commented.

“That’s amazing! What a Brave and beautiful soul❣️,” complimented a third. “And your a sweet a loving soul for supporting and loving her….So sweet❣️❤️❤️❤️”

“Why is this making me teary?” a fourth emotional fan wrote. “Good for her. It must take a lot of courage to overcome such a lifelong fear!”

Dwyane Wade shares how proud he is of his mother facing her fears head on. (Photo: @dwyanewade/Instagram)

Some followers also noted how much Dwyane and wife Gabrielle Union’s daughter Kaavia James favors her grandmother.

“Ohhh Kaav looks like grandma!!!!,” exclaimed a fan.

“Kav twin right there,” another stated.

“Oh that’s definitely @kaaviajames twin! ❤️,” emphasized a third.

After battling addiction for much of Dwyane’s life, Jolinda turned her life around while serving time in state prison. He was there to support her then as well, buying her a church in Chicago after her release so that she could continue her dedication to her new direction, ministry.

“I respect my mother so much, from the life that she used to live and to see her today in the life that she lives. I’m so proud of her,” Dwyane Wade said in 2008. “Everybody thinks I’m the miraculous story in the family. I think she is. I think what I’ve done means I’ve been very blessed, but she’s been more than blessed. She’s been anointed.”

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