Head Coach Jayce Goree of Oakland High School on Tuesday was presented with the Oakland Raiders “Coach of the Week” after his Wildcats defeated Oakland Tech 14-12, improving record to 3-5.
Presented by the California National Guard, the “Coach of the Week” program supports high school football by giving coaches and teams the recognition that they deserve.
Oakland Raiders Usama Young, Shelton Johnson and Brandian Ross attended the event along the Raiderette girls and members of the National Guard.
Each recipient is awarded a $2,000 donation to support their school’s football program by the Oakland Raiders, the NFL Foundation and California National Guard. Winners also receive a certificate signed by Oakland Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen and an Oakland Raiders “Coach of the Week” cap.
“The award caught me by surprise,” said Goree. “After all the work we put in, not just myself but my
coaching staff, the financial part will be great help for our program.”
He says the team has been doing various fundraising projects to help them purchase new uniforms.
“This award is going to be a big help, not just to the program, but to the kids that are playing with us,” Goree added.
After the award was presented, Young, Adams and Ross spoke to the football team about the importance of active lifestyles. Young talked about the “discipline” he must have, even during the
offseason, so that he is ready to play when training picks up in April.
Ross spoke of the importance of high school sports and says his participation in high school played a major role in preparing him for the career he has today – helping him develop the discipline, work ethic and commitment to continue to reach for his dream regardless of the adversity.
“You’re not always going to be the best player on the field,” he said.
For more information about the Raiders “Coach of the Week” program and to see a list of awardees, click here.