Dolphins invite Stoneman Douglas football team to watch practice

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

When a shooter opened fire inside Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this past February, it became yet another mass shooting at a place of education in the United States.

A total of 17 people died, leaving a community and a nation shaken. It also brought out the best from those within the sports world.

Stoneman grad and Chicago Cubs All-Star Anthony Rizzo attended a vigil in Parkland, providing a stirring speech in the process. The New England Patriots themselves provided their team plane for those students who wanted to attend the March for Our Lives rally in the naton’s capital shortly after the shooting.

While multiple school shootings have happened since the tragedy in Parkland, the Miami Dolphins have not forgotten about those impacted at Stoneman Douglas.

On Wednesday, Miami hosted the school’s football team during organized team activities.

Following the shooting that killed 17 of their classmates and those tasked with educating them, multiple Stoneman Douglas students have taken on the role of community leaders and given a voice to those in opposition of both the NRA and current gun laws around the United States.

As they make their voices known, other students will soon have to return to Parkland following a summer break. They’ll continue with their lives and education. That includes the school’s football program.

By hosting these players, the Dolphins are helping the kids get back to normalcy. That’s obviously a tough task. But it takes a village.