Last week, Dwyane Wade stopped by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to tell the Parkland students “how inspired he was by them” [via ShareBlue].
Wade’s been campaigning against gun violence for a while now. In 2015, his cousin was shot and killed in Chicago. She hit by a stray bullet during a shootout. Since then, fighting against gun violence has remained a personal mission for Wade.
While other athletes and commentators have moved on, Wade’s continued to stay involved with the Parkland kids and March For Our Lives. Last week, Wade has donated $200,000 to the victims and sponsored an art exhibit honoring the 17 people who were killed during the event.
“It’s great for all the kids to rally around what happened, but understanding that it’s in support of all the kids nationwide. This is obviously led by Parkland 17, but it’s for all kids in all communities and they all are getting it and all are understanding they are stronger together… It’s great to see our youth take a stand…
I was highly impressed with them understanding and knowing that, ‘OK, we know that this might fade after a few months, so this is what we’ve got planned for when it’s supposed to fade…It’s something we should all want to get behind and support and see if all of our voices together matter when it comes to legislation and all these things.”
“The person who wins the scholarship will be the player with the biggest heart, and with the best character and work ethic, with the instinct to put others before themselves.”