The Houston Texans will honor the victims of the Uvalde Massacre at Robb Elementary School by wearing an “Uvalde Strong” decal on their helmets during the NFL regular season opener on Sept. 11.
The announcement comes after Texans head coach Lovie Smith and linebackers Kamu Grugier-Hill and Christian Kirksey traveled to Uvalde, Texas on Friday to surprise the Uvalde High School varsity football team before their home opener.
The Uvalde Coyotes won their first home game at Honey Bowl Stadium, beating Eagle Pass Winn, CNN affiliate KSAT reported. During their visit, the Texans, along with Nike, unveiled new uniforms for Uvalde High School to wear this season.
Texans director of sports medicine Roland Ramirez, who was a student at Robb Elementary School, was in attendance and told the high school team that “the Texans will provide transportation and a suite for each of them on their 9/11 home opener against the Colts.”, ESPN reported.
It’s been nearly two months since the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary that left 21 people dead, including 19 children and two teachers. It is the deadliest school shooting in the United States since 2012.
Students in the Uvalde School District will return to school on Tuesday. However, no student or staff member will return to Robb Elementary.
Numerous on-campus safety and security measures will be in place, according to UCISD, including a new 8-foot perimeter fence on primary and secondary school campuses, additional security cameras, improved doors and locks. and additional training for district police forces.