The graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, received a surprise guest speaker on graduation day: former Miami Hurricanes star Dwyane Wade.
In his speech, Wade recalls paying a visit to the school on the first day of classes after the horrific shooting in February 2018 that left 14 students and three adults dead, admitting he began to get “butterflies in my stomach” over meeting a group of students who had just gone through such a traumatic experience.
“I remember being so nervous to see and meet everybody. What would I say? I mean, I grew up in the inner city of Chicago and I’ve experienced a lot of awful things, but I’ve never experienced anything to the magnitude that you guys have just experienced,” said Wade.
“I remember walking in… and actually being surprised that everyone was excited to see me,” he added.
“What started going through my mind was, how do I dare come here and act like I know what you guys have been going through,” Wade continued. “How narcissistic of me to think I could come here and make a difference because I’m good at my sport.”
Yet his visit did make a difference, helping students’ spirits to lift.
You can watch Wade’s entire response in the tweets below:
Last year, Wade took to Twitter to share his impression of meeting students during his visit to the school, saying that he’s “looking forward to being more involved in change that they WILL create.”