National Basketball Association star Dwyane Wade visits Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

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"I'm thankful they came to the game, thankful I got a chance just to talk to them and tell them my appreciation, to let them know we will continue to use our voice, to continue to shine the light on what they're talking about and what they're going through and what they're dealing with".

Word of Wade's visit to the high school circulated on Twitter, with students as well as Broward County school board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood posting photos and videos of his visit. When he learned that Joaquin Oliver, one of 17 people killed in the shooting, was buried in a Wade Heat jersey, the National Basketball Association star dedicated the rest of the season to the teen.

The students have also organized a school walkout on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the tragedy, and the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24 to protest sales of semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15, which confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz used in Parkland.

Wade tweeted about having a conversation with the students about things they have planned for the future. "As someone from here in the public eye, I'm proud to say I'm from this state because of you guys".

Teacher Debbie Jacobson posted a picture of her with Wade on Twitter as well Wednesday thanking the Heat player for all he did for Oliver's family.

The day after Wade made that dedication, he hit a game-winning jumper to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-101 in Miami. Dwyane Wade is trying to ease some of their pain. "An interesting lunch to be sure, thank you for your support!"

Wade has already made a touching impact on the Douglas community following the February 14 mass shooting that killed 17 members of the school's community. "A real bright spot for our kids!"

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