There’s a difference between lip service and a serious effort toward a greater good.
The Raiders, in conjunction with the NFL Network and Comcast, helped inaugurate refurbished physical education facilities at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland as part of the Keep Gym in School Program.
Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha is the national spokesperson for the program, which stresses the importance of physical activity to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Over the past two years, the program has awarded $600,000 in grants to 45 schools.
More than 670 students participated in a pep rally Tuesday led by Asomugha and participated in various activities with Raiders players and executives on hand.
A photo gallery of the event is at this link on Raiders.com, although there apparently are no photos of Raiders CEO Amy Trask mixing it up with some eighth graders in a basketball game and coming away with a black eye after an inadvertent head butt.
This year’s Keep Gym in School campaign will honor an “NFL Network PE Teacher of the Year” which can be nominated by the public at www.keepgyminschoolcom between Sept 1 and Jan. 31 with the winner announced at an even tin New York City during the NFL draft week.