July 11th, 2014
The Oakland Raiders rookies and veterans hosted over 200 local kids at their NFL Play 60 Character Camp at the team's facility in Alameda, California. The boys and girls spent two days on the team's practice field learning football skills, while also learning from Raiders players and the veterans about the value of building good character and how important that is to building a good team.
The players loved it as much as the kids. "It's a great opportunity to get to spend some time with great kids," said veteran star Kevin 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 camp worked both ways. Rookie players, including first round pick Khalil Mack, spent time with the kids. It was Mack's first opportunity as a professional athlete to participate in a community event and feel his impact on the kids and his responsibility to them. "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." said Mack.
NFL Play 60 the Raiders way: training bodies and building good character!