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Heat to honor memory of Stoneman Douglas victims with jersey patch

The Miami Heat announced plans for a jersey patch to honor the 17 students and faculty killed last week in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The goal is to begin wearing the “MSD” patch — design still pending — on the shoulder of player jerseys beginning with Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Heat intend to wear the patches for the rest of the season.

Also planned by the Heat is a moment of silence and tribute ahead of the team’s first home game since the shooting, a Saturday tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Heat star Dwyane Wade praised how the residents and students in Parkland, about 45 miles north of Miami, have rallied to support one another in the aftermath of the tragedy, not to mention launch a movement to bring about change.

“The parents and the kids and the community have been very vocal,” Wade said, via the Sun-Sentinel. “They’ve pulled together so amazingly and that says, as a franchise, in this state, knowing that the kids that are no longer with us and the kids that are still dealing with this, we’re they’re favorite team, the majority of ’em, and to be able to bring awareness to what’s going, to listen even more, and tune in to what they’re saying and what they’re doing, it’s powerful. That’s the kind of organization this is, so I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Many of the Florida-based pro sports teams are honoring the memories of the victims slain in last week’s massacre. The Florida Panthers have a patch on the right elbow of their jerseys that reads “MSD” along with a decal on their helmets that reads “MSD Strong.”

The Miami Marlins, along with all 30 MLB teams, will wear Stoneman Douglas caps ahead of Friday’s spring training games, along with the option to wear them the entire game. Marlins co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter said this week the organization will “do their part” to help Florida heal in the wake of the horrific incident.