From Douglas to Elko to Virginia City to Reno to Fallon and beyond, every high school football team in Nevada now has its helmet displayed inside the home of the state's only NFL team.
The Las Vegas Raiders unveiled Tuesday afternoon a 96-helmet display in the shape of the Silver State. All 96 NIAA high school football teams are represented.
"Las Vegas Raiders and Intermountain Healthcare are saluting the Nevada high schools with a new permanent installation at Allegiant Stadium," the team said in a news release.
The Raiders said the display is meant to, "speak about the shared common goals and aspirations to help build healthier communities and families. This includes work with youth camps, mental health awareness and addressing domestic abuse education and prevention at the youth level."
The helmets are displayed on the stadium's 100 Level near the Modelo Cantina Lounge on the east side of Allegiant Stadium, which opened last season after the Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas, becoming the first NFL team in the state and second major pro sports team to call Nevada its home, following the Vegas Golden Knights.
“I’m noticing now that more and more of the kids are calling the Raiders their favorite team,” Liberty High coach Rich Muraco told our sister station in Las Vegas, KSNV. “By them really getting into the community and youth sports level, the high school level, it shows their commitment to the community which in turn will get the community to buy into them.”