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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, his wife and other coaches and players spoke to the children.




 
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Oakland Raiders visit Our Lady of the Visitacion School to bring coats to kids
February 15th, 2016
By Valerie Schmalz


The subdued hubbub of nearly 300 grade school children turned into excited yelling earlier this month when a parade of Oakland Raider players and coaches jogged into Our Lady of the Visitacion School gym, high-fiving child after child who crowded around them.


Raiders head Coach Jack Del Rio, a number of Raider athletes, retired players and coaches, Catholic Athletes for Christ, and National Football League Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and Dave Casper visited the school to help the Knights of Columbus distribute coats to 260 children during Super Bowl week. Since 2009, the Knights have given away more than 300,000 coats nationwide through the Coats for Kids program.


“I think we have some converts over here after this event,” said Our Lady of the Visitacion principal Hannah Everhart. The Feb. 1 event was timed to take advantage of the excitement over the Super Bowl Feb. 7, Catholic Athletes for Christ founder Ray McKenna said. “We work to promote a Catholic view of sports, a Christ-centered view of sports at all levels from the professional all the way down to the K through eight level of athlete,” McKenna said.


From February 18, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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