Dwyane Wade Dedicates Art Exhibit “Parkland 17” To Shooting Victims

    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade refuses to let America forget about the Parkland, Florida shooting that massacred 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School less than a month ago. 

    While the lives of the families of the victims and the community at large fade away from the news cycle, Wade continues to show his support and lead tributes for the victims.  

    Wade doesnt announce his good deeds, but he’s selflessly accepted the responsibility of using his celebrity influence to impact the community. Over the weekend, he dedicated an art exhibit called “Parkland 17” during Miami’s annual Art Walk, according to CBS Miami.

    Sports Illustrated on Twitter

    Dwyane Wade dedicated an art exhibit in memory of the “Parkland 17” school shooting victims https://t.co/j6Eb4fNOmA

    The exhibit featured 17 school desks with the names of the victims and a wall with a quote that read, “On an average day [96] Americans are killed by guns, ” was created by Manuel Oliver, the father of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, who was tragically killed in the shooting. 

    Joaquin Oliver’s portrait was also seen on the wall with the words “We demand a change.” Another wall featured the words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

    Phones were also available so people could call their representative and share their thoughts on gun control.

    Adam Alhanti on Twitter

    Last night was absolutely beautiful. @DwyaneWade team turned an empty warehouse into a wonderful tribute to honor the victims of the MSD shooting and also displayed the harsh truth of gun violence in this country. Wonderful job @BStyleINC @lisjoseph #marchforourlives #neveragain

    A few weeks after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, the cameras and media attention turned its focus elsewhere. But socially conscious athletes such as Wade are still doing their part to ease the pain and bring attention to gun control issues. 

    The Shadow League on Twitter

    Dwayne Wade showed up at Stoneman Douglas High School and was greeted warmly by the students. (: @Ryan_Deitsch) https://t.co/aBZGxiqv2p

    Wade is an integral part of the fabric of the Miami sports culture and strongly invested in the Florida community. He continues to be a light of hope, dedicated to helping heal the trauma and wounds that are still very fresh in the minds and lives of everyone affected by the Parkland shooting. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.