Retired Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade surprised graduates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida, on Sunday, sending the crowd into a joyous ovation!
Wade became one of the school’s biggest supporters in the wake of the 2018 shooting that that took the lives of 17 young student. He also paid a visit to the school when it first reopened after the unfortunate event.
He started his humble speech by sharing: “My life is bigger than basketball and that’s why I asked to come to Marjory Stoneman Douglas to do whatever was needed of me, I remember pulling up and seeing a few security guards outside. I remember being met by one of the staffers. I remember us walking to the school and I remember hearing absolutely nothing. I remember thinking to myself, I’ve never heard this kind of silence before in my life.”
Wade sincerely shared that he was initially unsure of how he could help the students and teachers that had been affected by tragedy but it was the school’s story inspired him to be a stronger leader. He also noted how many of the survivors became advocates for gun control.
He ended by saying: “Thank you for reminding me of my purpose. I’ll try to continue to be a leader and the fighter that Joaquin Oliver thought I was,” he added, causing the crowd to cheer. “What I loved most and appreciated the most was that you all became advocates. You became the faces and the voices for kids all around the world. I’m so proud to say the words MSD strong.”