In honor of National Nurses Day, John Cena teamed up with Drew Brees, Breanna Stewart, Wayne Gretzky, DeAndre Hopkins and more stars from the world of sports to film a heartwarming video for The Real Heroes Project. Fourteen professional sports leagues helped announced the new initiative on Wednesday, created to recognize and celebrate our nation's healthcare professionals.
"Join the world of sports this Wednesday on National Nurses Day, as we honor the frontline healthcare heroes who inspire us," Cena explained via Twitter. "Create your own 'jersey' in their honor and tag your post with #TheRealHeroes to help cheer your hero on!"
Join the world of sports this Wednesday on National Nurses Day, as we honor the frontline healthcare heroes who inspire us. Create your own “jersey” in their honor and tag your post with #TheRealHeroes to help cheer your hero on! pic.twitter.com/7Nr7qpwV19
Throughout the video, set to Beyonce's "Halo," each athlete places tape over the moniker on their jersey and writes over it the name of a nurse, doctor or essential worker who they'd like to personally thank for helping their community amid the global coronavirus crisis.
"The world of sports thanks you for reminding us what it means to be great," text at the end of the video states. "Thank a hero of your own. #TheRealHeroes."
Shortly after the video went live, other sports stars and fans joined in, posting pics and heartfelt messages on social media. See their sweet posts below:
Join me and the world of sports this Wednesday, National Nurses Day, as we honor the frontline healthcare heroes who inspire us.
Happy National Nurses Day to my favorite one out there, thank you mom for being an inspiration for me with all you! I love you so much and thank you for your sacrifices during these crazy times. Ik we don’t have our names on our jerseys now we have one. #TheRealHeroespic.twitter.com/Mj7MAZhiz4
Forever thankful for #TheRealHeroes in my life: my cousin Caroline, a nurse in IL, and my friend Megan, a CPA in OH! Both are not just incredible friends but incredibly courageous and compassionate people too.
I dedicate this jersey Tori MacDonnell, a nurse at Grey Bruce Health Services.
I’ve been friends with Tor for a long time & I couldn’t pick a person that embodies what it means to be a nurse more than her. She’s kind, selfless, loving and dedicated to her job.#TheRealHeroespic.twitter.com/soS8vnM0Zs