OAKLAND (KCBS) — A group of eight Oakland Raiders players surprised patients and their parents at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Tuesday.
The players served ice cream and chatted with some of their smallest fans in their latest community outreach event.
“We’ve got chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and cookies and cream,” said Defensive Lineman Jared Veldheer, who served dozens of children at the hospital’s sports medicine center for young athletes.
“It’s great, you know. Being able to interact with the community and you know, these kids,” he added.
10-year-old Jordan Darden stood in line holding one of his shoes to have it signed. He said he was looking forward most to getting quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s autograph.
Pryor said he gets just as much or maybe more from meeting the children as they do from meeting him.
“Especially in Oakland you know, this is the city that we represent and people have our backs. This is the best place to give back,” said Pryor.
Navi Saray said the event was a great help for her eight-year-old son and four-year-old daughter who are both regularly treated for chronic asthma.
“They don’t think about their asthma or how they’re ill. They think they’re just normal kids,” she said.
The players visit the hospital at least once a year.
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