Dwyane Wade Foundation

Dwyane Wade Proves Chicago Has Talent
By LaShawn Williams

For Chicago native and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, all kids deserve a "shot" -- a chance to show their artistry -- and through the Wade's World Foundation's D. Wade's Chicago Has Talent, his annual youth showcase, they showed it in a huge way. "This is our fifth year with Chicago Has Talent and every year the talent gets better and better," said Wade. Other highlights included musical performances by Disney star Coco Jones and teen R&B/pop sensation, Jacob Latimore. Of the evening's talented performers, first prize went to 11-year-old singer and musician Mae Ya Ryan who gave a soulfully stirring rendition of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" that brought everybody -- including Dwyane Wade -- to their feet..

Photo of Mae Ya in hat by Jeff Schear