The Orlando Magic are making sure the Pulse nightclub tragedy victims are honoured and remembered properly.
The NBA team dedicated their season opener to the victims of the June 12 tragedy.
The players came out in #OrlandoUnited shirts with rainbow-coloured hearts on them and bowed their heads for a moving pre-game ceremony that took place just two miles down the road from where the anti-gay massacre took place.
“Tonight, we honor their lives, the heroes who emerged that early morning, and a healing community that showed the world love always conquers hate,” the team’s announcer told the stadium.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) October 27, 2016
Brandon Parsons sang “Forty-Nine Times,” a song dedicated to the 49 victims of the shooting, and a rainbow-coloured banner with all of their names hung from the rafters.
Magic fans used the #OrlandoUnited hashtag on social media.
Since the tragedy, the Orlando Magic have raised millions of dollars for the OneOrlando Fund, which helps victims’ families and survivors through their recovery.
At the ceremony, Orlando Magic owner Richard Devos announced a $500,000 donation to the OneOrlando Fund.