The Golden State Warriors did something special on Wednesday at shootaround. They hosted students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida - the same school where a gunman opened fire just over a year ago, killing 17 people.
Golden State decided to bring some current students to the basketball court ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Miami Heat, and it looks like it was a pretty meaningful day for everyone involved.
Check out some of the highlights, including Steph Curry tossing an alley-oop to a teenager:
The Dubs welcomed students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at today's practice in Miami pic.twitter.com/0iPI8URNZF— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 27, 2019
Cool moment after shootaround in Miami: Stephen Curry threw a lob for an alley-oop dunk to a student from Stoneman Douglas HS. pic.twitter.com/OCaP5xly0s— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) February 27, 2019
Steph taking 3’s with student from Parkland pic.twitter.com/dxXlTXGklF— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 27, 2019
At the shootaround, coach Steve Kerr - a vocal supporter of gun control reform - talked about why he had invited the students out, and why we need to see change with gun violence.
Steve Kerr is hosting some students from Parkland at shootaround in Miami today. Here he is, again, with a detailed quote on the need for gun control. pic.twitter.com/XuyJOH35E9— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 27, 2019
“You try to put yourself in their shoes, and you can’t imagine, at any age, but to have to go through that at 14, 15, 16-years old - imagine somebody walking in right now, and start spraying us with semi-automatic weapon,” Kerr said. “It’s horrifying. They had to go through that. So we have to decide, as a country, do we want to do anything about it? The answer is pretty simple in my mind: yes, we want to do something about it. The fortunate thing is the young people leading this drive are going to be much more impactful than old people like me.
“Older people have been trying to do something, but haven’t made the impact. But the next generation, the country belongs to them, so I’m really proud of what they’re doing. They’re starting this grassroots organization, they’re starting chapters all over the country, and they’re trying to do something that we all should be doing, which is to protect each other. It doesn’t mean getting rid of the Second Amendment, but it means getting semi-automatic weapons out of the hands of mentally ill people, it means having background checks, it means really investigating what’s important in our country. Do we need to sell high-capacity magazines to people? Is that really necessary? Does that fall under the Second Amendment? These are all really difficult questions, but one thing I know is that our citizens’ safety should be priority number one, and young people are gonna win.”
Powerful words from Kerr, and I’m sure that he, the rest of the Warriors, and the students in attendance won’t soon forget the experience on Wednesday.