The Houston Rockets have extensive plans to honor the victims, survivors and first responders of the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.
Friday’s shooting, which a 17-year-old student confessed to committing after being arrested at the scene, resulted in the deaths of eight students and two teachers and injuries to 13 others.
“First and foremost, the playoffs [are] minor compared to what’s taking place down in Santa Fe,” Rockets star Chris Paul said Friday in the wake of the shootings. “Our prayers go out to the victims and families there having to deal with that situation.”
Philadelphia, coming off its first Super Bowl championship, released a statement last month confirming that the team was in the early stages of planning a visit.
“We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country,” the statement read, via NJ Advance Media.
It’s been a longstanding tradition for championship teams across all leagues to visit the White House, but there has been some controversy since President Donald Trump took the office. The Warriors did not visit last year after the president “uninvited” the team in response to comments made by Stephen Curry. But the Astros attended a ceremony last month to celebrate being World Series champions.