Raider rookies and veterans recently participated in the NFL Play 60 Character Camp at the team’s facility in Alameda, California.
More than 200 youngsters—boys and girls— spent two days on the team’s practice field learning football skills, while also hearing from Raiders players about building good character and team-building.
Rookie players including KHALIL MACK, GEORGE ATKINSON, TJ CARRIE, MIKE DAVIS, JONATHAN DOWLING, JUSTIN ELLIS, CARLOS FIELDS, GABE JACKSON, DAN KISTLER, ERLE LADSON, KEITH McGILL and SCOTT SIMONSON spent time with the kids.
For the rookies, it was their first opportunity as a professional athlete to participate in a community event and feel their impact on the kids in attendance. “It’s crazy. It’s almost like I’m not really in the position I’m in because I’m still Khalil,” said Mack. “It’s crazy that they look at you the way they do and I just don’t want to let them down and disappoint them in any way.”
Raider veterans including TONY BERGSTROM, KEVIN BOOTHE, TYVON BRANCH, JURON CRINER GREG JENKINS, NICK KASA, BRIAN LEONHARDT and JEREMY STEWART also took part in the camp.
“It’s a great opportunity to get to spend some time with great kids,” said Boothe. “Obviously, there’s a football-learning aspect to it, but it’s also a good character building camp. The kids out there have great attitudes and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re going to grow up to be successful individuals, whether it’s in athletics or elsewhere.”
The Raiders teamed up with the Muñoz Agency, run by NFL Hall of Famer ANTHONY MUNOZ’S son, MICHAEL MUNOZ, to execute fun-filled days for the camp participants.
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