Star Power, Youth Empowerment at Fam 1st Family Celebrity Week

The Fam 1st Family Foundation isn't your usual nonprofit—it's led by famed professional football players Marshawn Lynch, Marcus Peters and Josh Johnson. And this week, they're throwing a week's worth of events for kids and families.

I recently talked to the foundation's Executive Director, Brije Gammage, who says that Fam 1st's Family Celebrity Week has been going on for about a dozen years. After its inaugural year as a football camp and barbecue, it's evolved to be much more. 

But even with its growth and success, it hasn't lost its purpose. "It's about having a week of community coming together," says Gammage. "And it's also a chance to have the people who are a part of the foundation give back, and also bring out celebrities and players, and have them give something back."

Looking at the schedule, it seems like the stars and the community will be aligned.

On Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9, the foundation gives away free tickets to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Concord for folks under 18. The passes can be claimed at the Beast Mode store in downtown Oakland, or at the front desk of the West Oakland Youth Center. Tickets are good for admission to the park on Wednesday, July 10, and are limited to the first 2,000 kids to claim them.

On Tuesday, July 9, Los Angeles Rams star cornerback Marcus Peters hosts his 4th annual "It Take A Village" carnival at his alma mater, McClymonds High School in West Oakland, from 2pm-8pm. There'll be food, games and music; everything is free.

On Thursday, July 11, a talent show gets underway at Oakland Tech for ages 4-18. The event runs 5pm-9pm, and costs $5 to attend. This first-place winner of the talent show pockets $1,500, with second- and third-place cash prizes as well.

Friday night, July 12, is bowling night at Albany Bowl. General tickets are $10–$35, with presale tickets available online.

On Saturday, July 13, a dance camp for youth runs from 8am–noon for youth ages 6-12, and 1pm–4pm for ages 13-18. The free event is held at the Oakland Raiders Headquarters at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway in Alameda.

At the same time and in the same place as the dance event, there's a free youth football camp. For young people ages 6–12, the event runs from 8am–noon. And for folks ages 13–18, the event goes from 1pm–4pm.

For more information on the week's events, check the Fam 1st Foundation's website.

July 9, 2019

East Bay

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