Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis made a donation $1 million to Uwalde School District help reinforce schools in the area following the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 children and 2 adults. Davis was persuaded to donate after talking to former security guard Vann McElroy, who grew up in Uvalda.
McElroy, who was selected by the franchise in the third round of the 1982 NFL Draft, spoke with Davis about the situation at Uvalda. Davis asked how he could help, and decided to donate to the Uvalde School District, according to Uvalde Leader-News.
Uvalde Unified Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell thanked Davis and the Raiders for the donation and said the money will go towards “making our schools safer.”
“We thank Mr. Davis and the Raiders for this very generous gift. Vann is a lifelong friend and an important part of Uvalde,” Harrell said. “We will put this money to good use. This contribution should go a long way towards improving the safety of our schools.”
The $1 million donation will be used to strengthen schools in the district, Chron reports. It is reported that the money will go to “stronger doors, cameras and additional fences.”
Shooting in Uvalda sparks new US gun control debate
Davis’ donation comes less than a month after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and 2 adults in a shooting at Robb’s elementary school. The shooting led to renewed debate over gun laws in the United States. Senators announced a bipartisan arms deal Sunday though the deal still needs to be voted on in the Senate.
McElroy played nine of his 10 NFL seasons with the Raiders. He made two Pro Bowls and won the Super Bowl with the team. McElroy grew up in Uvalde and attended Uvalde High School in the 1970s. He still lives in the area today.
A number of athletes have spoken out about gun legislation in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made the most impassioned statement on the matter, urging lawmakers to take action. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James also called for change. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Barrow spoke out on the matter on Tuesday, saying he thinks it should be harder to acquire the types of guns used in mass shootings.
The Raiders are one of the few NFL teams to donate to Uvalde. The Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, as well as the NFL Foundation, contributed to the cause to help Uvalda after the shooting.