Dwyane Wade got a hero's welcome at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The same day Trump Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made a shallow publicity play in Parkland, Florida, Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade showed what compassion and leadership look like.
While DeVos ignored students' questions and refused to speak to most of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during her visit Wednesday morning, Wade interacted with the students, and was rewarded with a hero's welcome.
"MSD Strong all the way!" Wade said, to uproarious applause.
The appearance drew praise from the Parkland students, some of whom noted the contrast with DeVos' visit.
Can Dwayne Wade be our new secretary of education? He's done 1000 times more than Betsy DeVos today
— carly (@car_nove) March 7, 2018
So apparently Dwayne Wade is at my school. If I only got see Betsy Devos and I don’t get to see Dwayne I’ll be pissed 😂
— Alanna//#NEVERAGAIN (@AgCI3Cu2) March 7, 2018
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) March 7, 2018
Following his visit, Mr. Wade promised to stay involved.
I just had a great conversation with some of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School about some important/impactful things that they have planned. I’m looking forward to being more involved in the change that they WILL create. #MSDStrong 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 7, 2018
Trump — who has attacked NBA players in the past and exploited the death of Wade's cousin during the presidential campaign — refused the Parkland kids' invitation to attend a town hall event to answer questions about gun violence, and like DeVos, opted instead for a canned photo op.
But Wade showed Trump and DeVos what true compassion and leadership look like by lifting the students' spirits, and including all of them.