Las Vegas – Players from visiting UNLV will join host Nevada, Reno in paying tribute to those affected in Monday’s tragedy at Sparks Middle School by wearing “SMS” decals on their helmets during Saturday’s football game in Reno.
“With Stacey and I being the parents of four school-age children, it was especially painful to hear about the tragic events at Sparks Middle School and our hearts go out to all of those affected,” UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck said. “With UNLV heading up north for our rivalry game, we are proud to join the Wolf Pack on Saturday in honoring the school and the community by wearing the SMS initials on our helmets.”
The special logo includes a rendering of the middle school’s Golden Bear mascot.
The teams will also observe a moment of silence prior to the game to honor all of the victims, including teacher Michael Landsberry, a 2001 graduate of UNR who was killed in the tragedy. One of the injured students, 12-year-old Mason Kamerer, is expected join Gov. Brian Sandoval on the sidelines for the game.
Donations will be collected at all Mackay Stadium gates on Saturday for the Sparks Middle School Compassion Fund. The fund will provide support for and to the victims, students, staff, families and Sparks Middle School in wake of the tragedy.