The Boston Celtics and Miami Heat honored victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas with a minute’s silence before Game 5 at FTX Arena on Thursday.
At least 19 children and two adults were killed when a gunman entered the school and opened fire on a classroom on Tuesday.
Before the minute’s silence, the teams and the league expressed their condolences.
“The Heat organization, the Boston Celtics and the NBA family also mourn those who lost their lives in the senseless shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvadde, Texas yesterday,” the PA spokesman said. “Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and the whole of Robb Primary School and the Uvalde community. We hope that the families, friends, colleagues and loved ones of all those affected by this tragedy will find the comfort and strength they need to continue to honor those whose lives have been lost.”
After the moment of silence, the Miami Heat offered fans opportunities for action.
“The Heat urges you to contact your Senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message requesting their support for common sense gun laws. You can also make a difference at the ballot box… and make your voice heard this fall.”
The team too displays the message on the scoreboardincluding the US Capitol switchboard telephone number.
The news comes a day after Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made an impassioned plea ahead of his team’s game against the Mavericks.
“I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there,” he said. “I’m tired of excuses, I’m tired of moments of silence. Enough! There are 50 senators refusing to vote on HR-8, which is a background check rule passed by the House two years ago.”