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Florida Overwatch team will honour Parkland victims in this weekend’s matches


Florida Mayhem will honour the Stoneman Douglas community in their Overwatch League matches this weekend in the wake of the school shooting on February 14, in which 17 people were killed and 14 more injured.

In a statement on Twitter, the team say that they “will come to the stage this week wearing patches” honouring the Stoneman Douglas community, and that “everyone in our organization has been touched by the impact of the act and the strength of those affected.” The statement goes on to say that “as proud representatives of Florida, [Mayhem] wish to demonstrate our support and promote continued positive outreach” within the Overwatch community at large.

The team’s CEO Ben Spoont, who himself is a native of South Florida, said that the organisation “felt a need to try to honor not only the victims but also the message and passion that the community has since voiced.” In honour of the entire community, Spoont says that the team is “proud to wear the Stoneman Douglas patch to bring both awareness and sense of community healing to all.”

The statement also links out to The Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund via gofundme, as well as a variety of other ways to support the community.