Johnny Damon, Ricardo Kaká and Shaquille O’Neal visit patients

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott were joined by Johnny Damon, Ricardo Kaká and Shaquille O’Neal during a visit to Orlando Regional Medical Center to meet with survivors and their families following the Orlando terror attack last week at Pulse Nightclub.  Governor Scott and the First Lady also presented the “Orlando Strong – Governor’s Medal of Unity” to the survivors, their families and hospital workers.

Governor Rick Scott said, “Ann and I thank these amazing athletes for bringing joy and encouragement to the survivors and their families who are recovering from the terrorist attack that occurred last weekend at Pulse Nightclub. Johnny Damon, Ricardo Kaká and Shaquille O’Neal join countless individuals and organizations from around the world who have come together to support the Orlando community.  I also want to thank the Orlando Regional Medical Center and their amazing staff who have worked around the clock to care for these individuals.  We are all inspired by the hope, love and courage displayed by these survivors during their recovery.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “As a mother and a grandmother, I cannot imagine something like this happening to my family. It was incredibly moving to visit the memorial at the Dr. Philips Center today to pay my respects to those who were killed last week.  Rick and I are continuing to pray for the victims and hope those still in the hospital make a speedy recovery. I appreciate these athletes taking the time to meet with the survivors and their families as they recover.”

Johnny Damon is a professional baseball outfielder who has played for seven major league baseball teams over his more than 20-year career. Damon played for the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2011 season.

Ricardo Kaká is professional soccer player who currently plays for Orlando City Soccer Club as an attacking midfielder. Kaká signed with Orlando City on June 30, 2014.

Shaquille O’Neal began his professional career with the Orlando Magic. O’Neal was drafted first overall in the 1992 NBA draft and played center for the Magic until 1996. O’Neal also played center for the Miami Heat from 2004 to 2008.

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