Dec 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) with his children during a moment of silence before a game against the Washington Wizards at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat Players Hold Moment Of Silence With Children For Sandy Hook Victims (Video)

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The nation is still in mourning following the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Far too many children saw their lives and dream cut short or watched their innocence ripped from their hands because of the unforgivable acts of one person.

Many people around the country are looking for a place to take their minds off of the tragedy and the world of sports has provided that outlet.

However, while sports have provided an escape from the harsh realities of the real world, we still must acknowledge what happened and professional teams have been giving their own tributes to the victims and their families.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards, the Miami Heat players marched onto the court for a moment of silence. In a very touching moment, many of the players brought their children to the court with them to observe the moment of silence.

Very emotional time,” LeBron James said. “(Dwyane) Wade brought [the idea] up. We all thought it would be the best thing to do. Not taking anything for granted, knowing that we have our family still. Very emotional time and to have our kids out there was great.”

“Basketball, this is nothing. These games are nothing compared to when you have a tragedy like that. It sucks that sometimes you need a tragedy to put things back in perspective, to appreciate what you have.

“But it does that to people. It’s unfortunate that you have to have something like that to understand what’s really important and some things that aren’t important at all. Family is the No. 1 important thing in life.”

It was such a touching moment to see on television and it is a reminder to us all to hold the ones we love close and appreciate all that we have.

Here is a video of the Heat players with their children for the moment of silence before the Wizards game:

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