Celebrities are coming together to voice support for Aaron Feis, the football coach who was killed during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Drake was asked about the coach and said that he thinks Feis deserves to win the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the upcoming ESPYs, according to TMZ Sports.
"I agree," said Drake, who hosted the awards in 2014.
Rapper Lil Yachty also vocalized support for Feis, who was an assistant football coach and security guard.
“I think that’s amazing. For someone to do that in real life, he had a good heart. He was more than just a coach. In my eyes, you do something like that, you’re a superhero," he told TMZ. "If the ESPYs [don't] do it, that’s a problem. Give the man an award.”
Feis shielded students when a shooter broke out in the Parkland, Florida school. The shooter ultimately killed 17 people before being tracked down and taken into police custody. Feis suffered a gunshot wound and died after he was rushed into surgery, according to CNN.
"He died the same way he lived — he put himself second," said a spokeswoman for the school's football program, Denise Lehtio. "He was a very kind soul, a very nice man. He died a hero."
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel remembered Feis' bravery in a speech at his funeral. “Before you even heard how he died, you knew he died putting himself in harm’s way to save others. That’s who he was,” he said “[He died] running toward danger while others were correctly running away from danger.”
The Arthur Ashe Award for Courage is given out annually at the ESPY awards. The accolade was was created to recognize athletes who transcend sports in areas of humanitarian service and social good. Previous recipients include Caitlyn Jenner, Robin Roberts and Nelson Mandela.
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