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Raiders Foundation surprises nonprofits with major donations

The Raiders Foundation, led by former Oakland Raiders stars defensive tackle Reggie Kinlaw and cornerback Leo Gray delivered happy surprises to three Las Vegas nonprofits on Nov. 27, donating a combined $45,000 on “Giving Tuesday.”

As the Raiders continue to cement their bond with the community in their new home in Las Vegas, the team’s charitable arm made three in-person visits — each with a $15,000 check — to the headquarters of Merging Vets and Players (MVP), After-School All-Stars and National Youth Sports Nevada.

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Former Oakland Raider Leo Gray talks with Mark Grabow at the Raiders Foundation presentation Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau)

MVP, founded in 2015, brings together combat veterans and former athletes who have trouble transitioning their skills to other avenues of life, so they can find strength and inspiration together. After-School All-Stars helps students succeed by providing after-school programs and “transformative opportunities.” And National Youth Sports Nevada is a youth sports league for children ages 3 to 17. The league offers organized participation in T-Ball, baseball, soccer, flag football, tackle football, girls’ volleyball, basketball and cheerleading, among others, with both competitive and non-competitive options.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to do something that is much needed and much appreciated,” Gray said. “At today’s event, you could see the surprise and gratitude in the recipients’ faces because the donation by the Raiders Foundation means that these organizations can do even more with their community programming.” 

The Raiders Foundation donations are the latest in a series of charitable endeavors, including monetary contributions to Veterans Village and the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, hosting a Toys for Tots drive, and adopting resource rooms at Clark County schools. 

 

 

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