James Boys & Girls Club Gets Visit (and Help) From Raiders

Scott Winter
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Kids at the James Boys and Girls Club were excited to see the former Raiders at their club.

The event at the local Boys and Girls Club marked the third time in as many weeks the team and partners have given back in the community around Southern Nevada.

The James Boys and Girls Club in North Las Vegas was the site of a Raiders Foundation event, in conjunction with partner Raising Cane’s,  where the two teamed up to remodel two rooms inside the club, donated 10 computers, flat screen TV’s, furniture, and a video game system to the club that serves thousands of kids each month.

On hand for the event were two former Raiders players: running back Chris McLemore and defensive lineman Roy Hart.

It was an especially meaningful day for McLemore who grew up in Las Vegas, graduated from Valley High School, and attended the very same James Boys and Girls Club as a youngster.

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Former Raiders running back Chris McLemore at the Raiders visit to the James Boys & Girls Club.

“To me, I remember being one of those kids here listening to the wisdom being given,” McLemore recalled. “Now it has come full circle and now I am the one giving the wisdom after I was able to make my dreams come true.”

Hart, also a long time Las Veges resident added he too felt special being able to help make a difference in kids lives.

“It feels great to represent the Raiders, and to see them and Raising Cane’s give back to the kids,” Hart said. “It’s just amazing. These kids will never forget this.”

And it’s always about the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

The organizations mission is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With core programs engage young people in activities with adults, peers and family members that enable them to reach their full potential.”

“This neighborhood is not exactly the safest,” one staffer told me. “This donation allows these children to get off the streets and do their homework in a safe and monitored environment. The old computers were so slow and some did not even work. Getting these new computers will allow the children to keep up with their classmates at school.”

This latest event, at the James Boys and Girls Club, marks shows how busy the Raiders have been in the community with three events in the last three weeks. They continue to fulfill the promise that owner Mark Davis stated, “The Raiders will be in the community 365 days a year.”