By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 12:12 pm in Oakland Raiders.
As always, the Raiders are as active in the community as any professional sports team. Here is a sampling of what they have been doing of late and what they have planned in the coming days.
– The Raiders are hosting a Halloween costume contest in the Raider Rookie Kids Zone before this Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Coliseum.
Children ages 14 years old and younger—with a signature by a parent/guardian—are encouraged to have their picture taken in the Raider Rookie Kids Zone between 11:25 a.m.-1:00 p.m., while dressed in costume. Prizes will be awarded to the contest winners.
– The Raiders breast cancer awareness game is this Sunday. A pink ribbon flag will be unfurled during the pregame celebration. The Raiders will honor six breast cancer survivors and their families from The Susan G. Komen Foundation during an on-field recognition prior to kickoff.
Representatives from The Susan G. Komen Foundation will distribute breast cancer literature and pink ribbons to all fans. The Raiderettes, who will be celebrating their 50th Raiderette Reunion, will perform with pink poms and a special pink vest throughout the game.
– On Sunday, Raiderettes representing six decades will reunite for a 50th Celebration of Football’s Fabulous Females.
Raiderettes who served on the prestigious pom-pom and public relations unit in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990, 2000s and this new decade, including the latest edition, will gather for a weekend that will culminate with a pre-game and halftime performance during the Raiders vs. Jaguars game.
Raiderette Reunion weekend will also include a gala dinner/dance where members of past and present will gather to recapture old times and share moments with new and old friends. On display at the event will be old uniforms and collages of pictures furnished by the Raiderettes.
“Only those who have had the opportunity to be a Raiderette know the excitement, friendship and hard work that are all a part of being a member of this team,” said Raiderette Director Jeanette Thompson, a one-time member of the squad. “Having the chance to reunite and celebrate that with six decades of women is phenomenal. It’s like a family reunion!”
– Second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor led a Gatorade Junior Training Camp on Tuesday.
The event featured a free youth football clinic facilitated by the Raiders and geared towards boys and girls ages 7-12.
Junior Training Camp features the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment. The camp’s curriculum is very safe and was developed by Gatorade so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability, or experience.
– Also this past Tuesday, running back Taiwan Jones visited the East Bay Youth Warriors Pop Warner football team and delivered a message about maintaining excellence in the areas of personal leadership, academics, citizenship and sportsmanship. Taiwan led the players through various team drills during their practice session.