Jack Del Rio Foundation and Raiders Team Up For Community Work in Mexico City
The Jack Del Rio Foundation and the Raiders teamed up for a charitable endeavor in Mexico City in advance of the Oakland Raiders’ Monday Night Football contest against the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca. Linda and Lauren Del Rio, wife and daughter of Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio, led the group in donating backpacks, school supplies and playground balls to children in need on Sunday, Nov. 20.
“I was inspired by the Sport in the Service of Humanity Conference in Rome,” said Linda Del Rio. “After speaking with my fellow delegates, who all do amazing charitable work in the world of sport globally and in Third World countries on a daily basis, I believed that this would be a fantastic opportunity to give something sustainable back to Mexico City within the world of sport.”
In addition to the donations, a $10,000 check was gifted to Mano Amiga from the Del Rio Foundation and NFL Mexico, along with a $8,000 check from the Del Rio Foundation specifically for the purchase of athletic uniforms, and toiletry kits will be provided to the parents within Mano Amiga. Mano Amiga is a 20-year-old 501c3 non-profit company that organizes and facilitates mission trips for youth organizations from churches and schools and works to help people from Latin American countries that are in need.
Father Daniel Hennessy, L.C., International Director of the Patrons of the Arts, initially connected Linda Del Rio and Gina Chávez, Coordinator of Mano Amiga schools in Mexico City.
“Mano Amiga thanks the Del Rio Foundation for the opportunity you offer our students to widen their horizons and aspirations through the passion and generosity of people and organizations like yours. Thank you for joining the mission of transforming lives through Mano Amiga,” said Gina Chavez of Mano Amiga.
The Del Rio’s were joined at the event in Mexico City by Raiders Alumnus Lincoln Kennedy, members of the Raiders Women’s Association, Raiderettes, Raider Rusher, as well as representatives from NFL Mexico and Mano Amiga.
The day included a free youth football clinic facilitated by the team and geared towards boys and girls ages 7-12 for the local student sis in the Mano Amiga organization. The clinic featured the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment. The curriculum makes it so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability or experience.
In addition to Sunday’s event, 15 students from the leadership academy at Mano Amiga attended the game Monday night to watch as the Oakland Raiders took on the Houston Texans at Estadio Azteca. Students within the leadership program receive scores on the development of integral areas of formation and leadership: academic, human, social, and moral. The students with the highest scores received the game tickets as a reward for their efforts.
Founded in 2007, the Jack Del Rio Foundation has sought out opportunities to meet the needs of under-served youth in the community through the investment of time, financial support and devotion.