Artsy Arlington Students Design Cowboys Helmets For NFL Draft

Kristin Weisell
April 18, 2018 - 5:48 pm
Jerry Jones

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - The Dallas Cowboys are running a contest featuring helmet artwork of 10 Arlington ISD 7th graders, and the winning helmet will be placed in the Cowboys' war room during the 2018 NFL draft.

The winner will also be invited to tour The Star and present their helmet to the Jones family on the opening night of the 2018 NFL draft.

The Cowboys announced the contest on their Facebook page Wednesday morning. 

"These are the 10 helmets featuring unique artwork done by 7th graders from the Arlington Independent School District," the team said in the post. "The helmets, designed by Arlington ISD students who were the first to graduate from the stadium art program in 2015, will be signed by NFL Draft Community Ambassador and former Dallas Cowboy DeMarcus Ware and made available on NFL Auction beginning April 26th, with proceeds benefitting future Arlington ISD art programming. Since the stadium art program's inception, more than 13,500 Arlington Independent School District elementary students have visited AT&T Stadium and created artwork inspired by the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection housed at the venue," They added. 

"Each junior high was asked to design a helmet that reflects the essence of the draft and of Arlington, the American Dream city," says district fine arts director Linh Nguyen.

The Cowboys themselves approached Arlington schools about the design competition. Each school chose a student to make the helmet their class project.

Nguyen says the competition is part of a continuing journey for these art students.

"They first did an elementary school art tour of Cowboys Stadium when they were all in 5th grade," he says. "Now, 2 and 3 years later, they're able to showcase their own talents. Our hope is to extend that learning and promote the arts for our kids."

The winning helmet may have a special place in the Cowboys' war room, but the other 9 helmets will also be displayed at Cowboys Stadium during the draft. They'll be autographed by former Cowboy DeMarcus Ware. Later they'll be auctioned off on the NFL Auction website, and the proceeds will go back to Arlington ISD's fine arts department. 

You can vote now through Friday at 10 am by liking your favorite helmet right HERE.

The students will find out tomorrow which of their designs won.