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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union donate to send students to March for Our Lives

Wade and Union later chided a news organization for only identifying Union as Wade’s wife.

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Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union donated $200,000 to help send kids from underserved communities in Chicago to Washington, D.C. for next week’s March for Our Lives, organized by student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

The announcement of the donation caused a bit of a stir when a news organization did not refer to Union by name and only identified her as Wade’s wife in a tweet. Union’s breakthrough role came in 2000’s Bring it On, three years before Wade was drafted into the NBA. The star of BET’s Being Mary Jane, Union also has 9.6 million followers on Instagram and was recently profiled in the New York Times after releasing a memoir.

Union responded, and Wade defended his wife on Twitter.

Wade has been active since the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. He visited Stoneman Douglas High and spoke with the survivors about bridging the gap between students in Parkland, Florida and those from his native Chicago. The donation from he and his wife is further evidence of him trying to bridge that divide.