There seems to be no offseason for Marshawn Lynch. I don’t mean working out, I’m sure he’s doing plenty of that, just like most NFL players. That’s part of the job. Lynch has been going above and beyond into the extracurricular in his off time since the Raiders broke for their break between minicamp and training camp.
Minicamp ended June 15. A couple weeks later, Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation gave away tickets to Raging Waters park in San Jose to the first 2000 kids to claim them from his Beast Mode shop in Oakland.
A few weeks later, he held a week of fun which began with a movie night on July 3, the water park trip on July 5, A talent show on July 6, and a bowling night July 7.
The week was wrapped up on July 8 with his free 11th Annual Fam 1st Family Foundation Youth Football Camp which was held at the Raiders Practice Facility.
The camp provided 1000 youth (500 kids per session) ages 6 yrs. – 18 yrs. the opportunity to work on their football skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork, while building confidence both on and off the field. Each participant received a t-shirt, lunch or dinner, and special giveaways. Holding the camp along with Lynch were fellow Oakland natives and current Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and New York Giants quarterback Josh Johnson.
Days later, he and his Fam 1st Family Foundation were back at it, teaming up with Shopify and Hingeto for his ‘BEASTMODE-A-Business’ entrepreneurial readiness program for East Bay high school students.
Over the course of three days, 30 local students attended workshops and seminars at Oakland Technical High School that covered a cross-section of skills required to start a business, and had the opportunity to build their own online ecommerce stores on the Shopify platform. The program finalized with each student pitching their business ideas in front of family, friends, and a panel of judges which included staff and merchants from Shopify, Marshawn, and Josh Johnson.
“Growing up in Oakland taught me a lot about being focused and driven, but my experience didn’t really prepare me for building my business and other aspects of my career,” said Lynch. “I wanted to extend what I have been able to teach kids from my neighborhood on the football field and give them more skills that empower them to believe that anything is possible.”
The overall winners of the competition were Simone Hufana, 17 from San Leandro high school in San Leandro, and Mathew Galvez, 17 from Abraham Lincoln high school in San Jose. They both won free Shopify Basic for three years, an opportunity to have their pop-up store hosted by Beast Mode Apparel in Oakland, deskspace at Hingeto, AdWords and Facebook Dynamic Ads credits, design credits with a Shopify Plus expert agency, as well as on-going product design and full marketing setup support.
Then just to cap it all off, last Sunday, Lynch threw out the first pitch at the A’s game against the Cleveland Indians at Oakland Coliseum.
There’s still a week and a half before Lynch and other Raiders veterans report to training camp. We’ll see what else Beast Mode has planned to fill his time and enrich his community. Yes Lawd!