Skip to content

Raiders players read to West Oakland children in effort to promote literacy

on December 14, 2018

These photos follow six players from the Oakland Raiders as they teamed up with the West Oakland Youth Center and First Book, a nonprofit that gives books to children in low-income neighborhoods, to bring free books to children during their “Rush to Read” event on Tuesday night. Children from the center were greeted by defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, who then introduced his teammates Johnny Townsend, Kyle Wilber, Ryan Yuracheck, Emmanuel Lamur and Frostee Rucker.

The players read Tiger in My Soup, a book by Kashmira Sheth, to the children in the form of a speed reading competition. The “winners” of the competition—which meant all the children—were able to take home two free books as well as a bag provided by First Book.

McDonald has a special interest in promoting literacy and, through his foundation, Light Into Darkness, he encourages children in grades K-12 to read at least 30 minutes every day. He calls it “Read 4:30.”

“We’re talking about putting hundreds of thousands of books in the hands of kids,” said Dan Stokes of First Book, the organization partnering with McDonald.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Oakland North welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Oakland North assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
logo
Oakland North

Oakland North is an online news service produced by students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and covering Oakland, California. Our goals are to improve local coverage, innovate with digital media, and listen to you–about the issues that concern you and the reporting you’d like to see in your community. Please send news tips to: oaklandnorthstaff@gmail.com.

Latest Posts

Scroll To Top