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Sporting stars pay their respects to victims of Pulse nightclub shooting

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The sporting world has shown that it cares about the survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Pulse, where more than 50 patrons were injured, have had a long list of athletes and coaches to say they care. They visited the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays raised more than $300,000 by dedicating the profits from its Pride Night sellout.
  • Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow visited Rodney Sumpter, a teammate at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High. Sumpter, a bartender at Pulse, was shot in both arms and has two broken arms.
  • FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and his former quarterback, Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston, have visited.
  • Governor Rick Scott, former Rays’ outfielder Johnny Damon, former Magic center Shaquille O’Neal, and Orlando City soccer captain Kaka all paid visits.

“It was a very humbling experience,” Fisher told the Orlando Sentinel. “I just wanted folks to know there are people who care about them. It was amazing to go through the rooms, to try to build their spirits, but they built ours.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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