That inscription was engraved on the chests of Houston Texans players and staff who wore special t-shirts for their organized team activities Wednesday.
The tees are orange in recognition of not only the young lives lost in the May 24 massacre. The color has become a tradition woven into National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which falls on Friday this year.
Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed on June 2, 2015, on her 18th birthday. Pendleton’s friends have celebrated her life by wearing orange, which color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others, according to organizers earlier in the day.
Support for the struggling Uvalde goes beyond just T-shirts. The Texans, the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL have teamed up to pledge $800,000 to the Robb School Memorial Fund, which will provide direct financial assistance to that community.
“Texans care about Texans, especially in times of victory and tragedy,” said Texans President and CEO Cal McNair. “I am very proud of our players for championing this endeavour, and am inspired to support our neighbors in Uvalde with them. I also know that we have a responsibility. loud in important and meaningful conversations that raise awareness about senseless gun violence.”
The Texans are campaigning for fans to wear orange Friday and donate to the Robb School Memorial Fund. Donations can be made directly with the First State Bank of Uvalde by mail check (to “Robb School Memorial Fund”) or via Zelle to email@example.com. You can find more about the “Wear Orange” movement on Wearorange.org.
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