Dwyane Wade to Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students: We Salute and Support You

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2018

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat speaks to the crowd prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 24, 2018 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade expressed his team's support for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during a pregame address Saturday night at American Airlines Arena.

"Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that was tragically lost in Parkland," Wade said. "We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. And we also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation's inspiration. We salute you, and we support you."

Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies was the Heat's first in Miami since the Feb. 14 school shooting.

"Anytime something like that happens anywhere in the world, it's sad," Wade said Feb. 14, per the Sun Sentinel. "... I think as a parent, you always fear for your kids leaving the house, period. But one of the safest places is school. So it's very unfortunate."

The Heat will wear "MSD" tribute bands on their jerseys for the remainder of the season in remembrance of the 17 victims who died in the shooting.

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