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Dwyane Wade Shares Words Of Encouragement At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

On Sunday (June 2), Dwyane Wade traveled to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to surprise its 2019 graduating class with an unforgettable speech, ABC News reports. The Parkland, Fla., high school's commencement honored the 17 students and staff who were killed in a mass shooting, and to lift up their memory, Wade's speech encouraged the assembly to walk in a path of justice for all.

"What I loved most and appreciated the most was that you all became advocates," he said. "You became the faces and the voices for kids all around the world. I'm so proud to say the words MSD strong." The Parkland shooting ignited a wave of calls for stricter gun laws.

Prior to that statement, the now-retired Miami Heat player noted that his life transcends basketball and it was important to him to return to the school for this moment. He also recalled the time he arrived at the school when it reopened. "I remember pulling up and seeing a few security guards outside. I remember being met by one of the staffers," he said. "I remember us walking to the school and I remember hearing absolutely nothing. I remember thinking to myself, 'I've never felt—I've never heard this kind of silence before in my life.'"

Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire on students and faculty on February 14, 2018. His charges include 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder. A trial to determine Cruz's prison sentence has yet to begin.

Joaquin Oliver, a student who lost his life during the mass shooting, was a longtime fan of Wade's. "Even though the game has brought certain people to admire me, this definitely makes it bigger than that," Wade said, referencing the notification that Oliver's family buried him in Wade's jersey. "And for me to be a part of that—that he would have wanted to be buried in my jersey—that's mind-boggling to me."

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Serena Williams Graces The Cover Of Her First Wheaties Box

On Tuesday (June 25), General Mills made the announcement that four-time Olympic Gold medalist, Serena Williams, would be the next dynamic athlete on the notable cereal box. Williams posted on her Instagram that same day, overjoyed with the news.

"Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second," she captioned. This honor makes her the fourth female tennis player and the first active tennis player since 2000 to be featured on Wheaties, as reported by ABC News.

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In 2001, Wheaties paid homage to a true champion and an icon by putting her on the cover of a Wheaties Box. Althea Gibson was the FIRST Black Woman tennis player to be on the box. Today, I am honored to be the second.

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"I have dreamt of this since I was a young woman and it's an honor to join the ranks of some of America's most decorated athletes," Williams said in a statement. "I hope my image on this iconic orange box will inspire the next generation of girls and athletes to dream big."

The recognition will be added to her immeasurable list of accolades which include 23 Grand Slam single titles and 14 double titles, as well as being named the Women's Tennis Association 'Player of the Year' seven times. Athletics is not her only accomplishment, as she also launched her own clothing line in summer 2018.

As many fans on social media have voiced, the professional's new praise is long overdue.

 

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Kobe And Vanessa Bryant Welcome Fourth Daughter, Capri Kobe

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's family just a got a little bit bigger.

Vanessa Bryant, 37, took to Instagram last week to reveal the couple's daughter was born healthy and happy on Thursday, June 20. "Our baby girl is here, so Thankful for our newest baby blessing," Vanessa captioned.

The little one, Capri Kobe Bryant, is the fourth girl of the Bryant bunch and the only to have her NBA daddy's name as her middle name. Vanessa also noted little Capri's nickname will be Koko.

Kobe also expressed his delight over the new bundle of joy.

"We are beyond excited that our baby girl ‘Koko’ has arrived!! #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed,” the 40-year-old captioned on Instagram.

The Bryant's who've been married for 18 years, announced in January they were expecting their fourth daughter.

Yet even with four girls, the NFL legend and Academy Award winner said the couple may try one more time for a boy.

“I think [Vanessa] wants a boy more than I do. I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that," Bryant told Extra in March. "She is as well. She wanted a boy so he can be mama’s boy forever — that sort of thing. We’ll see if I can deliver, I don’t know.”

Congrats to the family.

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Shaquille O'Neal Expresses Interest In Buying Reebok

Shaquille O'Neal is a man of many investments, and he plans to build upon his business resume by entertaining interest in buying Reebok. According to "CNBC Make It," the retired NBA player shared his desire, coming full circle since his 1992 lucrative partnership when he was first in the league.

"Well, [Authentic Brands Group, one of the companies] I'm involved in, we just bought Sports Illustrated but I would love to purchase Reebok," he said. O'Neal mentioned after Adidas purchased the company in 2005, he believes the mega-sportswear outlet "diluted" Reebok to the point where it felt nonexistent. "I want to bring them back to basketball and to fitness," he added. Over 20 years ago, O'Neal and Reebok debuted the Shaq Attaq sneaker, which featured O'Neal's "Dunkman" logo that has been etched on his apparel. The partnership also spawned the Shaqnosis kicks.

According to USA Today, O'Neal's investments and endorsements span over 50 brands including IcyHot, Burger King, Papa John's, and Gold Bond. His portfolio also includes recognizable clientele like Google, Apple, Five Guys, and Krispy Kreme adding to his reported net worth of over $400 million since 2016, Forbes reports.

"I'm going to invest in things that are going to change people's lives," he previously said, noting that his "style" of investing is "very simple."

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