Dwyane Wade went to Stoneman Douglas to restore hope, left inspired

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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Wade said he discussed the planned March 24 march on Washington, saying he will at least be there in spirit, with the rally planned between Heat road games on March 23 against the Oklahoma City Thunder and March 25 against the Indiana Pacers.

"Our schedule is a little tough here coming down the stretch," he said. "So I don't even know if that's possible."

But he said to be with the students on their first day back to class inspired him as much as he tried to inspire them.

"You might think I'm lying," he said, "but I'm being truthful, I didn't expect that at all. I didn't expect that kind of reaction. Like I said, I knew it was a tough day for them going back for their first full day. I definitely wanted to bring an element of surprise, an element of joy. But the reaction was unbelievable.

"And, you know, it was great to see. It was great to feel. It was great to feel their energy, their vibe and it carried them throughout the whole day. It carried me for the rest of the day, as well."

Wade made his way to Parkland just hours after the Heat returned from a grueling overtime road loss to the Washington Wizards.

"It was a good day for them and for me to have just a moment of face time with them, just a few little words, encouragement," he said. "I talked to the different groups while I was there, in different settings. And it was cool.

"So I'm glad that I did it. I'm glad that our schedule allowed for me to be up there, to show up there for their first full day back to school."

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