Raiders Help Sandy Miller Elementary Get Active

Oakland Raiders alumnus Reggie Kinlaw speaks to students during a pep rally, participate in a Q&A, and then lead them through football drills in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Oakland Raiders and the NFL teamed up with the National Dairy Council to provide a $10,000 grant to Sandy Miller Elementary in North Las Vegas to help kids stay active.

The program is a public/private venture called Fuel Up To Play 60. In the 10 years since the NFL, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the NDC created the program, they have awarded over $215 million dollars in grants to schools across the United States. Thanks to the grants, over 13 million children are making healthier food choices, and over 16 million have become more physically active.

Now, the students at Sandy Miller Elementary are part of that growing list of kids helped by the successful program.

“It’s great for the kids to get a positive message from the Raiders and help from the dairy program,” said Miller Elementary Principal Lene Muth.

It’s about the kids.

Oakland Raiders alumnus Reggie Kinlaw speaks to students during a pep rally, participate in a Q&A, and then lead them through football drills in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event was yet another Raiders community even focused on making a positive impact on children. Raiders great Reggie Kinlaw spoke to the students about the importance of a healthy diet and drinking milk. He even let the kids in on a little secret.

“Most of the NFL players I know still drink milk,” Kinlaw told them.

After the presentation, the school’s kids hit the playground for an hour of football drills. From pass catching and throwing, to cone and hurdle drills, the kids worked side-by-side with the Raiders with smiles almost contagious during the activity. The kids finished the visit with a free chocolate milk supplied by the NDC.

Raiders already deeply involved in their community.

At the April 2016 meeting of the Southern Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee, Mark Davis made it a point to say that the Raiders would be involved in the Southern Nevada community 365 days a year. The team’s commitment in its current home of Oakland, is continuing in Las Vegas and will be evident in other parts of the state too.

Oakland Raiders alumnus Reggie Kinlaw speaks to students during a pep rally, participate in a Q&A, and then lead them through football drills in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite these events being open to the media, the Raiders do not overly publicize their work in the community as it continues to be a humble and genuine effort to show their community appreciation.

The Raiders are expected to play their first game in Las Vegas at the start of the 2020 season, but the Las Vegas community is already learning the team is a big winner – and supporter of local causes – off the field.