Raiders donate  million to Uvalde school district to bolster security

Raiders donate $1 million to Uvalde school district to bolster security

Raiders donate  million to Uvalde school district to bolster security

The Las Vegas Raiders have made a $1 million donation to the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in the wake of the tragic shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Raiders owner Mark Davis handed over a $1 million check this week at a Zoom meeting with UCISD superintendent Hal Harrell, UCISD director of student services Kenneth Mueller, and Vann McElroy, a member of the Super Bowl XVIII champion Raiders, who is currently lives in Uvalde.

The funds are intended to strengthen security in the neighborhood’s schools by installing impenetrable doors and an unscalable fence, while installing indoor and outdoor cameras at the same time.

“We’re proud to be part of something to make the kids in these schools safer,” Davis said via the Uvalde Leader-News. “Two weeks ago I had a conversation with Vann. He told me about the pain his hometown was going through. Vann told me he had a grandson who went to a public school. He said his family was thinking about sending him to a private school. let go. year, but he wanted him to go to public school, as Vann and his son had done when they were growing up in Uvalde. He said that Uvalde was in pain and needed help. I asked him what we would do about that pain to soften.’

On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults as he went from class to class at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, contributing to a horrific series of massacres at churches, schools and shops that lasted for years. On May 14, 10 people were killed by a gunman at a supermarket in Buffalo.

The tragedy in Uvalde was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, and it added to a stark number in the state, which has seen some of the deadliest shootings in the US in the past five years.

“In all the years I played for the Raiders, this organization took care of me and my family, and looked after the players and all the members of the Raiders family,” said McElroy. “This all started with Mark’s father, Al Davis, who was a leader and innovator in the National Football League. The Raiders organization has a proud tradition of doing for other people in need. I know Al would be proud of this delivered contribution by Mark and the organization today.”

Several NFL teams have made donations in recent weeks to support the Uvalde community. During OTAs, many NFL players have worn orange shirts on the practice field in support of Uvalde and to raise awareness of rampant gun violence in the United States.

“We thank Mr. Davis and the Raiders organization for this very generous gift. Vann is a lifelong friend and a big part of Uvalde,” said Harrell. “We will put this money to good use. This contribution should go a long way towards making our schools safer.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.