The sports world responds to the Parkland school shooting

Jake Zalka places flowers beside a memorial for slain security guard and assistant football coach Aaron Feis at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Courtesy Jake Zalka

Editor's note: This content collection was originally published July 12, 2018.

On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 students and staff members were killed in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It was the deadliest high school shooting in United States history. School was just letting out on Valentine's Day when the rampage started. It lasted 6 minutes and 20 seconds.

The victims ranged from 14-year-old freshmen to a 49-year-old athletic director. Seventeen others were wounded.

The shooting had a profound impact on the sports world. Swimmer Ryan Lochte dedicated his 2020 Olympic run to fallen swimmer Nick Dworet. Major League Baseball teams wore Stoneman Douglas caps during part of spring training. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, an MSD grad, gave an emotional speech at a prayer vigil the day after the shooting. "Though I don't have all the answers," Rizzo said, "I know that something has to change before this is visited on another community and another community and another community."

One of the first things a person sees when arriving on the school's sprawling, 45-acre campus is a Ghandi quote affixed in the front of the building. "Be the change you wish to see in the world," it says. Over the past five months, the students of Stoneman Douglas have marched on Washington, lobbied at the state capitol in Florida and started a movement in the hopes that Feb. 14 will never happen again. -- Elizabeth Merrill, ESPN Senior Writer

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Stugotz reflects on tragedy in hometown of Parkland

Jon "Stugotz" Weiner shares the acts of kindness he witnessed in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team attempts to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years -- while also honoring the 17 students and faculty members who died during a mass shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2018. Watch the full feature and more E:60 in the ESPN App.

'There's no handbook on this'

After the deaths of 17 of their own, the family, friends and teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attempted to answer the question: "What now?" Read Elizabeth Merrill's story.

'He saved so many lives'

Scott Beigel wasn't a hero because he opened the door to his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that day. He was a hero because he opened doors every day. Read Steve Wulf's story.

Aaron Feis died as he had lived -- helping students

Aaron Feis had an all-encompassing presence that athletes and non-athletes knew and loved. This extended beyond the school walls to college recruiters who eagerly anticipated seeing him on visits with prospective players. Read Andrea Adelson's story.

'That was for Coach Hixon'

Sara Ochoa pinned her first opponent in 16 seconds. Unseeded Matt Kelly won his division. Jason Wolk won in overtime. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Eagles wrestled their hearts out in their first competition since the mass shooting at their school. Read Steve Wulf's story.

Anthony Rizzo: 'We're all grieving with you'

A day after the shooting, Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo called for change. "While I don't have all the answers, I know that something has to change, before this is visited on another community, and another community, and another community," Rizzo, a 2007 graduate of the school, said at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the massacre. Read Eddie Matz's story.

Coaches killed in Parkland shooting to receive ESPY awards

Cross-country coach Scott Beigel, assistant football coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon -- the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School coaches who died helping students during a school shooting on Feb. 14 -- will be remembered at this year's ESPYs with the Best Coach Award. In addition to their work as coaches, the men are being honored for "their immeasurable bravery in the face of danger and for their ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of countless students," said Alison Overholt, vice president and editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine.

For grieving family and friends of Alyssa Alhadeff, U.S. women's soccer provides joyous interlude

In honoring soccer player Alyssa Alhadeff, who was killed, the U.S. women's soccer team gave her family and teammates reason to celebrate at the SheBelieves Cup finale in Orlando. Read Graham Hays' story

Stoneman Douglas club hockey heads to nationals with mixed emotions

There's also a ton of history behind the Stanley Cup -- 125 years' worth. But none of the teams who have hoisted the Cup have ever had to do what Stoneman Douglas has done. Read Steve Wulf's story.

Stugotz reflects on tragedy in hometown

Roberto Luongo: 'We need to keep talking about this'

Before the Panthers' first home game after the shooting, goalie Roberto Luongo delivered a pregame speech at the BB&T Center, declaring "it's time for us as a community to take action" and "enough is enough." Read Emily Kaplan's story.

Dwyane Wade emotional after victim is buried in his jersey

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said it makes him emotional to know that Joaquin Oliver, a student killed in the shooting, was buried in a jersey with Wade's name on it. ESPN News Services