Dwyane Wade surprised the students at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.
It was their first full day back since the shooting that killed 17 students just last month. Wade walked up to the school and students went crazy, taking to social media to document the appearance.
— Enzo (@enzoy11) March 7, 2018
Wade even made a speech telling the kids how proud he is of their strength.
“What you guys have been going through and how resilient you’ve been, I’ve been amazed from afar,” he said. ” I just wanted to come and say I’m inspired by all of you.”
— Joey Pelose (@JPelose22) March 7, 2018
Wade posed with students for pictures, but it wasn’t just the kids who were excited to meet the basketball player … the staff was too!
One of the faculty members posted a photo with Wade, remembering his biggest fan, Joaquin Oliver, who passed away in the shooting. Oliver loved Wade so much, his parents buried him in the NBA player’s jersey.
Meeting this man would have meant the world to Joaquin Oliver, one of our fallen 17. I gave Dwayne Wade a hug from Guac and told him how much he loved him! Thank you for being generous with your time today! A real bright spot for our kids! pic.twitter.com/BNwmfa751e
— Debbie Jacobson (@MrsJMSD) March 7, 2018
I just had a great conversation with some of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School about some important/impactful things that they have planned. I’m looking forward to being more involved in the change that they WILL create. #MSDStrong 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 7, 2018