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.
They need our help! I'm asking my NBA fam to join us in raising money to send kids from underserved communities to March….@gabunion and I will start w/$200K for Chicago. every dollar counts! Who else is in?? Or donate here: https://t.co/pu10Gp76on #GetTheBallRollin— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 10, 2018
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.
When they let you know what they think of you. I have a name. https://t.co/EONnNVxCNV— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) March 12, 2018
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.
Wade on him and Gabrielle Union donating 200k to help send students to march in Washington D.C. pic.twitter.com/Zafilirpjc— Tom D'Angelo (@tomdangelo44) March 12, 2018
Our conversation about bridging the gap between the students from Parkland, Florida and Chicago was really impressive. These young adults GET IT. They understand the power of their voices for the ones that often go unheard!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 7, 2018