HENDERSON, Nev. – The Las Vegas Raiders are supporting Special Olympics athletes from Nevada and California as they participate in “Virtual Fall Sports & Fitness,” a seven-week training program similar to their in-person sports season but conducted from the safety of their homes.
Raiders punter A.J. Cole, fullback Alec Ingold, quarterback Marcus Mariota and defensive end Carl Nassib joined athletes from flag football, golf and soccer for one of the sessions that consisted of a conditioning workout lead by a fitness instructor. The players stretched and sweated though a recent workout during the program that includes three days of live practices per week. In addition, the Raiders were honored during the recent Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year Awards show as the Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year Award winner. Cole recorded a video accepting the award on behalf of the Raiders.
“I am humbled to accept the Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year Award on behalf of the Raiders Organization. I’m also honored to represent an organization that is so committed to furthering Special Olympics’ mission of creating a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people,” said Cole on the recorded message that was aired during the Volunteer of the Year Awards show, which the Special Olympics described as an “… exciting virtual experience as we honor our amazing volunteers for their dedication and commitment to the remarkable athletes of Special Olympics Nevada.”
Last March, Cole led Special Olympics athletes from Nevada and Northern California in a fun and engaging virtual workout as part of the Healthy Athletes program. The event also included a post-workout Q&A for Cole and the Special Olympics athletes to chat about their favorite quarantine activities, recipes, healthy foods and inspiring messages.