DANCIN’ IN THE FRIEND ZONE: The Raiders’ altruistic game plan has already woven the silver and black into the fabric of Las Vegas
Hut. hut, help …
The newly arrived Las Vegas Raiders have thrown no passes, made no tackles nor moved the chains even a yard yet. No fan has had a ticket scanned or a beer spilled. But for months, the Raiders have been all over the Las Vegas Valley, Zelig-like, planting figurative silver-and-black stakes in the community with donations and personal appearances.
THE HIRO OF THIS STORY: Mandalay Bay carpenter Hiro Kajiyama builds ‘special spaces’ for ailing children
About a year after her 7-year-old son was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer, Amy Schildknecht’s family was introduced to a hero. Or, in this case, a Hiro.
“His name says it all,” Schildknecht says of Hiro Kajiyama, a Mandalay Bay carpenter who came into her life about four years ago. “Hiro truly is a hero.”
Kajiyama wanted to transform a room in Schildknecht’s home into a haven for her son, James. A place where the little boy could spend time away from the grownup challenges of his very serious illness. James would pick the room’s theme. It could be anything he wanted.