UNLV Football Team to Wear Special Helmets Honoring Victims of Las Vegas Massacre
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas football team is honoring the victims of Sunday's mass shooting by wearing "Las Vegas" ribbon decals on their helmets instead of the team logo.
UNLV, whose campus is just a few miles from where the attack took place, said the team will wear the special helmets all season.
— UNLV Athletics (@UNLVathletics) October 4, 2017
The university also plans to honor the victims and first responders in a pregame ceremony and throughout Saturday's game, which it has dubbed "Heroes Night."
The Rebels' opponent, San Diego State, will also have "Las Vegas" ribbon decals on their helmets.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and the families impacted by this senseless act of violence," UNLV director of athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said in a prepared statement. "While football is just a game, it can also serve as a rallying point of unity and allow all of us to recognize the incredible heroism displayed by so many this week. We are all extremely proud of our community's response over the last couple of days."
University of Nevada football coach Jay Norvell tweeted that his team will also feature a similar ribbon logo on their helmets all season.
— Jay Norvell (@CoachJayNorvell) October 4, 2017
58 people were killed and more than 500 injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a concert from his 32nd-floor hotel room on the Las Vegas strip. It was the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.